Report: Biden’s Ghostwriter Deleted Recordings On Biden After Criminal Probe Launched

The ghostwriter contracted for President Joe Biden’s memoir told federal authorities that he deleted audio recordings of his interview with the president after he found out that a criminal investigation had been launched into Biden’s handling of classified information.

Per Axios, writer Mark Zwonitzer told federal investigators that he deleted the recordings after he learned that Special Counsel Robert Hur was appointed to investigate Biden.

Revealing that he was afraid the recordings would become public, he reportedly said, “I was very concerned about the possibility of being hacked. I was very concerned about the possibility of this audio spread all over the place.”

Zwonitzer also said that he saved the transcripts of the things Biden said, adding that it was a rule for him to delete audio recordings.

Amid his chat with investigators, Zwonitzer’s attention was brought to how his actions would look like he was trying to protect Biden from investigation.

“And I assume — and it’s okay, I just need the truth on this one, but there’s some truth in that, that was what was going on. That was part of your motivation, at least something you were aware of when you did this?” investigators asked, per the transcript.

In response, Zwonitzer, who told authorities that no one on Biden’s team reached out to him, said, “I’m not going to say how much of the percentage it was of my motivation. I was aware that there was an investigation.”

Prosecutors decided against pressing any charges against Zwonitzer because his reasons for why he deleted the recording are “plausible” and “innocent.”

“Zwonitzer willingly provided significant cooperation to the investigation without seeking or receiving any protections or assurances. He was forthright in describing his conduct and working with investigators to obtain all relevant evidence in his possession,” Hur said.