Biden special counsel previously took down corrupt Dems in Maryland

Former President Donald Trump appointed Hur to the post in 2018.

Published: January 12, 2023 3:19pm

Updated: January 12, 2023 5:47pm

Prior to his appointment as special counsel on Thursday, former U.S. Attorney Robert Hur previously served as the chief federal law enforcement officer in Maryland where he took down a number of corrupt Democratic officials.

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Thursday that Hur would serve as the DOJ's special counsel to handle the agency's investigation of classified documents that aides to President Joe Biden discovered at various locations at one point occupied by the commander in chief.

During his tenure as the chief federal law enforcement officer in Maryland, Hur was a major force in tackling corruption, bringing and resolving charges against key officials such as former Baltimore City Democratic Mayor Catherine Pugh, former Baltimore City Police Commissioner Darryl DeSousa, former Maryland Democratic state Rep. Cheryl Glenn, Former Maryland Democratic state Rep. Tawanna Gaines, and former Maryland Democratic state Sen. Nathaniel Oaks, the DOJ observed in a press release announcing his 2021 departure from the DOJ.

Former President Donald Trump appointed Hur to the post in 2018. During his relatively short term in the deep-blue state, he also brought charges against many other Maryland police and correctional officers and further pursued a plethora of gang, violent crime, and fraud investigations during his official tenure.

Hur was succeeded by First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan F. Lenzner, who is now the FBI's chief of staff.

Prior to his appointment, Hur worked for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. 

His appointment as special counsel parallels that of special counsel Jack Smith, who is presiding over the DOJ's affairs involving former President Donald Trump. Republicans had loudly demanded that Garland appoint a special counsel to handle Biden-related affairs in the name of equal treatment.

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