President Joe Biden, who faces criminal charges for mishandling classified information, may have a new weapon against him when he returns to the White House.
The Department of Justice has agreed to dismiss the former vice president’s first-degree murder charge and other charges, the Justice Department said in a statement on Monday.
The Justice Department also said the charges against Biden were dismissed “without prejudice,” meaning that the former president could be tried again if he pleads guilty.
“As the former President, Mr. Biden’s crimes were a tragedy for so many people, and they continue to plague him and his family,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew B. McClellan said in the statement.
“This agreement is an important step in resolving those serious issues, and the Department of the Justice looks forward to continuing to work with the Department and our federal partners as it prepares to defend the President and the country against these charges.”
Biden and his wife Jill have been under investigation for more than a year over their handling of classified information while they served as president from 2009 to 2021.
Biden has maintained he never sent classified information to the Russian government and has not been charged with a crime.
The charges against the former Vice President are unrelated to the Russia investigation, but the charges may be used to bolster the argument that he broke the law.