In a detailed 388-page report released on February 8, Justice Department special counsel Robert Hur concluded a 13-month investigation into President Joe Biden’s handling of classified materials. The investigation found that President Biden “willfully retained and disclosed classified materials after his vice presidency when he was a private citizen.” However, despite these findings, Mr. Hur chose not to pursue charges against the president, citing a lack of sufficient evidence to establish guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt.”
The decision not to prosecute was influenced by President Biden’s purported “poor memory.” Mr. Hur expressed concerns about how President Biden would present himself to a jury, describing him as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with memory challenges. The report highlights President Biden’s “significantly limited” memory during interviews, including interactions with Mark Zwonitzer, the ghostwriter of two of his books.
According to the report, President Biden’s recorded conversations with Zwonitzer from 2017 revealed slow and strained efforts to recall events and read his own notebook entries. During his 2023 interview with the special counsel’s office, his memory was noted to be noticeably worse. President Biden struggled to remember key details, including the end of his vice-presidential term and the beginning of his presidency.
"Elderly man with poor memory" joking about "blowing up the world…" pic.twitter.com/gyFq72SMLc
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) February 9, 2024
Furthermore, the report notes President Biden’s difficulty in recalling important personal events, such as the timing of his son Beau’s death and key aspects of the Afghanistan debate. Beau Biden passed away in 2015 from brain cancer, but the president has, in recent years, made statements misrepresenting the circumstances of his son’s death.
Mr. Hur justified his decision not to prosecute by stating that the government would face challenges proving that President Biden knowingly violated the law by retaining classified documents. The report emphasizes that at trial, the president’s attorneys would likely highlight the limitations in his recall as a key defense strategy.
Holy SHYT!!!! This. Cannot be real!
Did they just say they won’t prosecute Joe Biden because he’s an Elderly Man with a poor memory?
Special Counsel Robert Hur says Joe Biden DID mishandle the classified documents after his Vice presidency, and he risked national… pic.twitter.com/1RABWkXm8K
— MJTruthUltra (@MJTruthUltra) February 8, 2024
Following the release of the report, President Biden strongly defended himself against questions about his cognitive ability, asserting that his memory is fine and pointing to his accomplishments since taking office.
However, the president’s attorneys expressed dissatisfaction with the report’s portrayal of his memory. In a letter to Mr. Hur, White House special counsel Richard Sauber and the president’s personal attorney, Bob Bauer, argued that the report used “highly prejudicial language” to describe a common lack of recall of past events among witnesses. They deemed such comments inappropriate in a Department of Justice report that ultimately concludes no criminal charges are warranted.
Jill Biden, Ed.D. (a month ago): "I see Joe every day… I see his VIGOR!"
Today, the special counsel called him an "elderly man with a poor memory."pic.twitter.com/zbgZbRYLIS
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) February 8, 2024
The attorneys requested that Mr. Hur revise the descriptions of the president’s memory, characterizing some as “prejudicial and inflammatory.” They criticized the special counsel for engaging in what they perceived as “investigative excess” that deviates from Department regulations and norms.
Mr. Bauer further accused Mr. Hur of adding commentary that serves no purpose other than to tarnish the president’s reputation, asserting that, based on the facts and the law, the special counsel had no choice but to find that criminal charges were not warranted. He argued that Mr. Hur made the wrong choices guided by the Department’s rules, policies, and practices.
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Major Points Discussed:
- Special counsel Robert Hur’s 388-page report, released on Feb. 8, concluded a 13-month investigation into President Biden’s handling of classified materials, revealing that Biden “willfully retained and disclosed” such materials after his vice presidency.
- The decision not to prosecute was influenced by concerns about President Biden’s “poor memory.” Hur expressed doubt that a jury would convict Biden, describing him as an elderly man with memory challenges who would likely present himself sympathetically.
- The report highlighted President Biden’s “significantly limited” memory during interviews, citing instances where he struggled to recall events and even forgot key details, such as the timing of his son Beau’s death and important aspects of the Afghanistan debate.
- Hur justified the decision not to prosecute by noting that the government would face challenges proving that Biden knowingly violated the law by retaining classified documents. The report suggested that, at trial, Biden’s attorneys would likely emphasize his memory limitations as a key defense strategy.
- President Biden’s attorneys, while pleased with the decision not to prosecute, criticized the report’s portrayal of his memory. They argued that the use of “prejudicial language” describing a common lack of recall was inappropriate in a Department of Justice report that concluded no criminal charges were warranted. The attorneys requested revisions and accused the special counsel of investigative excess.
Comments – Threads – Links
- He really believes he’s funny. Beyond pathetic! – janmoulton
- I can’t even stand to see that old man. – underdog777
- Well, if he’s a national security risk because of his old age and senility and not even qualified to be responsible for handling sensitive documents, wouldn’t that same issue disqualify him from being able to perform the duties of being president as well? Asking for a friend. – Reel_Sober
- 3 minutes later he’s talking about Mexico opening its border to Gaza. – Em Tea
- Is the “elderly man with a poor memory” excuse an early pretext to activate the 25th Amendment? Clearly they have either Michelle or Newsom warming up in the bullpen. Jill will hold onto power like a bulldog with a ham bone. The only way to dump Joe is to use the 25th. – James Woods
- BREAKING: The Special Counsel’s report describes Joe Biden as “a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory” – ALX