Special Counsel Should Ask Biden Key Question, Former DOJ Official Says

Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein revealed the key question he believes the special counsel appointed to investigate President Joe Biden's classified documents case

should seek to answer. The Department of Justice (DOJ) is looking into classified documents that were recently found inside Biden's Wilmington, Delaware, home, as well as

his former office at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement think tank in Washington, D.C. The DOJ is probing whether the president mishandled the

Obama-era documents when he served as vice president. Last Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that a special counsel led by U.S. Attorney for the District of

Maryland Robert K. Hur will investigate the case. The president has defended himself, however, saying that the documents were kept in a secure, locked garage at his

home. Rosenstein, who served in his DOJ position during the Trump administration, said in an interview with NBC News' Meet the Press Sunday morning that the key question Hur

should focus on is whether Biden knew he was in possession of the classified documents. "The key question—the threshold question here—is going to be, was President Biden

aware of these classified documents," Rosenstein said, adding that Hur will also have to look into whether, as vice president, Biden had the authority to declassify the

documents. Rosenstein explained how he would conduct this investigation, which quickly became highly politicized, with many pundits drawing comparisons between a similar

investigation faced by former President Donald Trump, who allegedly stored several documents at his Mar-a-Lago residence.