Biden Rages After ‘Significant Limitations’ in Memory Found
President Joe Biden raged at reporters during a press conference Thursday following the release of a damning special counsel report on his mishandling of classified documents. While the 388-page report by Special Counsel Robert Hur did not recommend charges against the President, it did sharply criticize his mental fitness, alleging “significant limitations” in Biden’s memory. During his unscheduled address, Biden attempted to fend off the report’s findings but continues to face mounting scrutiny.
Hur’s report concerned classified materials discovered at Biden’s private residence and D.C. office between 2022 and 2023 related to his time as Vice President. While the probe found that Biden had mishandled the documents, concerns relating to the President’s mental fitness led the special counsel to recommend against charges.
Hur alleged that during interviews, Biden failed to recall his time as Vice President and had forgotten about his son Beau’s death from brain cancer in 2015. The special counsel said a jury would likely perceive Biden as a “sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.”
“It would be difficult to convince a jury that they should convict him-by then a former president well into his eighties-of a serious felony that requires a mental state of willfulness,” ~ Special Counsel Robert Hur
Wow: this was the reason the Special Counsel gave for why it'd be hard to get a conviction against Biden for the classified docs case.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 8, 2024
Just hours after the report’s release, Biden gave an unscheduled press conference at the White House, where he attacked Hur’s findings.
“My memory is fine,” Biden insisted to reporters before furiously responding to his son Beau being named in the report. “How in the hell dare he raise that?”
“Frankly, when I was asked the question, I thought to myself, it wasn’t any of their damn business,” Biden said. “Every Memorial Day we hold a service remembering him, attended by friends and family and the people who loved him, I don’t need anyone to remind me when he passed away.”
While trying to defend his mental acuity, Biden slipped up during the conference and falsely referred to Egyptian Abdel Fatah El-Sisi as the “President of Mexico.”
“As you know, initially, the president of Mexico Sisi did not want to open up the gate to allow humanitarian material to get in. I talked to him. I convinced him to open the gate,”
The gaffe marks the third time this week that Biden has confused the names of various world leaders. On Sunday, Biden claimed to have met with François Mitterrand, the former French President who died in 1996. On Wednesday, Biden said he had spoken with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, despite him having died in 2017.
It also comes in a week in which he three times claimed to have had conversations with dead world leaders pic.twitter.com/LWMb5HqXR2
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) February 9, 2024
Following the press conference, former President Donald Trump took to Truth Social and called on the government to drop the charges against him in his own classified documents case. “If Special Counsel Jack Smith wants to do good for our Country, and help to unify it, he should drop all Litigation against Joe Biden’s Political Opponent, ME, and let our Country HEAL,” Trump wrote.
“This would be a far bigger and better achievement than anything he has ever done, and will be easy for the Great Patriots of our Country to understand in light of Special Counsel Robert Hur’s Document Report on Joe Biden, where the evidence is overwhelming that he ‘willfully retained’ important documents!”
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