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Former top federal prosecutor in Maryland Robert Hur to oversee Biden documents probe

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BALTIMORE —  Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed the former U.S. attorney from Maryland as special counsel to oversee the investigation of documents with classified markings found at President Biden's former office at a Washington think tank and in the garage at his Wilmington, Delaware, home, Garland announced Thursday.

Robert Hur, the former top federal prosecutor in Maryland, will serve as the special counsel overseeing the review of the documents, which date back to the Obama administration.

Hur served as the U.S. attorney during the Trump administration and is the second special counsel appointed to oversee an investigation into sensitive documents found after the end of a presidential administration, along with Jack Smith, who was tapped to take over the probe into former President Donald Trump's handling of sensitive government documents.

Their appointments thrust the Justice Department into familiar, yet uncharted waters, with two independent probes into the likely presidential frontrunners being carried out just as the next election cycle is set to commence. 

Governor Larry Hogan issued a statement today expressing his confidence in Hur's abilities. 

"Former Maryland US Attorney Rob Hur is a prosecutor of the highest caliber and integrity. I have faith in his ability to get the facts and hold power to account. In this country, no one is above the law."    

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