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On today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: Attorney General Merrick Garland appoints special counsel to investigate Biden’s classified documents

USA TODAY White House Correspondent Joey Garrison has the latest on Biden’s classified documents. Plus, USA TODAY Politics Reporter Ella Lee recaps the first day of the Proud Boys trial, the Los Angeles Police Department is being criticized for edited bodycam footage. USA TODAY Director of Photo and Video News Gathering Andy Scott explains, and inflation slowed again in December.

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Taylor Wilson:

Good morning. I’m Taylor Wilson and this is 5 Things you need to know Friday, the 13th of January, 2023. Today the latest from Washington surrounding President Joe Biden and classified documents, plus opening arguments in the trial of Proud Boys leaders and inflation slows down.

A second set of classified documents discovered by aids to President Joe Biden were recovered in the garage of his Wilmington, Delaware home where he keeps his Corvette. The records were recovered after Biden’s lawyers conducted searches of the president’s two Delaware residences following an initial discovery of classified records at a former Biden office in Washington DC in November. At a press conference to talk about inflation, the president was asked about the documents.

President Joe Biden:

I’m going to get a chance to speak on all this, God willing soon, but as I said earlier this week, people… And by the way, my Corvette’s in a locked garage, okay? So it’s not like they’re sitting out in the street. But anyway-

Reporter:

So it’s in a locked garage?

President Joe Biden:

Yes, as well as my Corvette.

Taylor Wilson:

Meanwhile, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said that lawmakers would investigate the Justice Department over the document revelations. He contrasted the FBI search last year of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate for records, including classified documents, with Biden’s revelations about two sets of classified documents.

Kevin McCarthy:

Another faux pas by the Biden administration, but treating law differently based upon your political beliefs, treats one President Trump one way, but treats President Biden a whole different way.

Taylor Wilson:

And following the appointment of Chicago US attorney John Lausch on November 14th to the initial investigation, yesterday General Merrick Garland announced that Robert Hur would be appointed as special counsel to further review the handling of the documents in Washington and at the president’s home in Delaware.

Merrick Garland:

This appointment underscores for the public the department’s commitment to both independence and accountability and particularly sensitive matters, and to making decisions indisputably guided only by the facts and the law.

Taylor Wilson:

For more on this, producer PJ Elliott talked with USA TODAY White House Correspondent Joey Garrison.

PJ Elliott:

Joey, thanks for joining the podcast.

Joey Garrison:

Yeah, thanks for having me.

PJ Elliott:

So how does President Biden justify having classified documents and not one but two separate locations while just months ago he criticized former President Trump from having his own classified documents at Mar-a-Lago?

Joey Garrison:

Well, the White House is saying… The legal counsel of the president is saying that this was an inadvertent mistake, that these have been popped up now at two places. First it was the Penn Biden Center, which is about a mile and a half from the White House where the president previously had an office after he was vice president, and the second revelation is at his Wilmington home. And again, that also applies to this home, that there was a mistake and that he was surprised to learn about the existence of these materials. So allies of the president have contrasted that with President Trump, who has argued that he knew which documents he was taking, that he had declassified those and that he allegedly… Or there’s evidence according to the Justice Department of a possible obstruction. If you recall, the Justice Department and the National Archives for a year was trying to get back these documents. He refused. Ultimately the DOJ got a search warrant that led to them seizing those documents at his Mar-a-Lago home.

PJ Elliott:

What are the political implications of these documents being found?

Joey Garrison:

Well, I think there are big implications for the president on the short term of this just being a headache for him. On Thursday, the president was celebrating what’s been improved inflation numbers for several months now, but that was overshadowed by questions about the existence of these documents. And as we move into a congressional session with a new Republican majority, you can bet that these documents are going to be front and center and we’ll see how long the… Attorney General Garland, like he did with Trump, he appointed a special council. It’ll be led by Robert Hur, who was the former lead US Attorney in Maryland, he’s going to be conducting the special counsel on President Biden. We’ll see how long, it’s unclear how long that investigation will take place, but until there are more answers to some questions out there, this is going to continue to drag over the President’s head.

PJ Elliott:

Do you think President Biden will actually talk to the special counsel?

Joey Garrison:

That’s a good question. I would assume that they will want to talk to him, but it’s unclear at this point whether it would be Biden’s lawyers speaking to them or Biden himself. Although the White House has argued from the beginning that he said he’s being completely transparent on this and he didn’t know that these documents were at these various sites, and so I don’t know why he wouldn’t say that same thing to the counsel if they do ask for an interview,

PJ Elliott:

How does the White House move on and put this behind them?

Joey Garrison:

Well, I don’t think they’re going to be able to move on quickly, there’s still several unanswered questions. One that many people have is President Biden, while he was in Mexico City earlier this week, was asked about the existence of these documents in his private office, but he didn’t refer to the fact that there had also been documents found December 20th at his Wilmington residence. So I think there’s a lot of questions about transparency there. The White House was asked about this and said that, well that’s because the search wasn’t concluded. And so we’re left, though, with… As reporters here covering the White House with still some several more of those timeline questions that I don’t think have been adequately answered that are going to be… the White House is going to have to field here in the coming days.

PJ Elliott:

Joey, thanks so much for your time. I really appreciate it.

Joey Garrison:

Thanks PJ for having me and I’ll be on soon.

Taylor Wilson:

Both sides gave opening arguments yesterday in the trial of five Proud Boys leaders connected to storming the Capitol on January 6th. For more, I’m now joined by USA TODAY Politics Reporter Ella Lee. Ella, thanks for hopping on the podcast.

Ella Lee:

Thanks for having me on today, I appreciate it.

Taylor Wilson:

So the jury trial for five Proud Boys leaders has begun. Before we get into the trial’s first day though, could you tell us what are the charges that the defendants actually face?

Ella Lee:

So there are five Proud Boys on trial, the one that people have heard of the most is former chairman, Enrique Tarrio, but then there’s also Joseph Biggs, Ethan Nordean,  Zachary Rehl and Dominic Pezzola. These men are charged with 10 counts, the most severe of those counts is seditious conspiracy, which is essentially plotting to forcibly oppose the authority of the federal government. And then another charge is halting the certification of President Joe Biden’s 2020 election win.

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