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Transcript of Interview with Bob Bauer, President Biden’s Personal Attorney and Former White House Counsel

Date: February 11, 2024
Time: 12:48 PM EST
Network: CBS News
Host: Margaret Brennan

MARGARET BRENNAN: Hello and welcome to Face the Nation. Today, we are joined by Bob Bauer, President Biden’s personal attorney and former White House Counsel during the Obama administration. He is also married to Biden White House Senior Advisor Anita Dunn. Thank you for joining us, Mr. Bauer.

BOB BAUER: Thank you for having me, Margaret.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Let’s start with the recent decision by the special counsel not to prosecute anyone for mishandling classified information. This was a favorable outcome for you, but you did raise concerns about the language used in the report. Did you appeal directly to Attorney General Garland or the Justice Department on this issue?

BOB BAUER: We did make submissions to the special counsel and reiterated them to the attorney general in writing. The report, in our opinion, was a shoddy work product that went off the rails. It started with a predetermined legal conclusion and was filled with factual misstatements and pejorative comments about the President that are not in line with DOJ policy and norms. As you can see, many legal experts have criticized this report. It is not the standard of work that we expect from prosecutors.

MARGARET BRENNAN: But it was the Attorney General’s decision to make this report public. Did you ever ask the Justice Department not to release it or consider not doing so?

BOB BAUER: No, we did not. We understood that the Attorney General had committed to making the report public as it was written by the special counsel.

MARGARET BRENNAN: And what was the Attorney General’s response when you raised these concerns to him?

BOB BAUER: It was clear that he was committed to releasing the report as it was written by the special counsel. Our arguments about the inconsistencies and failures of the report did not change the outcome.

MARGARET BRENNAN: So, in essence, the Attorney General endorsed this work product?

BOB BAUER: I cannot speak for the Attorney General’s views. I can only say that our concerns about the report did not change the outcome.  

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