In a significant blow to US President Joe Biden, former special prosecutor Robert Hur has released his findings into the withholding of confidential documents by Biden. Although the report exonerates Biden on legal grounds, Hur highlights the fragility of the 81-year-old president due to his “bad memory,” which appears to have deteriorated in recent years.
The 388-page report states that Biden knowingly kept and disclosed classified documents after his vice-presidency while he was a private citizen. However, Hur recommends against launching proceedings against him as a jury would likely give an elderly man with a bad memory the benefit of the doubt. The report includes passages highlighting Biden’s memory lapses during interviews with US officials and his biographer.
Hur also accuses Biden of keeping classified documents at his home without authorization but suggests that a juror could conclude that he may have forgotten or been unaware of their existence. While this may weaken Biden on the political level, it also shows that he was entitled to possess these documents at the time they were discovered in his capacity as president.
Former President Donald Trump, who is also facing accusations of keeping confidential documents, reacted by denouncing a “two-tiered judicial system.” Republicans seized this opportunity to attack Biden’s competency, making statements about elderly individuals with bad memories not being fit to hold nuclear codes.
The White House responded negatively to the report, stating that comments on Biden’s memory were inaccurate and inappropriate. They argued that interviews took place during an international crisis, which may have contributed to his inaccuracies. Biden himself responded angrily to the report, insisting that he did not have memory problems.
Overall, while Hur’s report exonerates Biden legally, it has weakened him politically by giving ammunition to his opponents questioning his fitness for office.
In conclusion, while Special Prosecutor Robert Hur’s investigation into Joe Biden’s withholding of confidential documents has cleared him legally, it has left him vulnerable on political grounds. The 388-page report highlights how fragile and inconsistent he is due to his “bad memory” which seems to be deteriorating over time. Despite this weaknesses in Joe’s ability to remember things properly could be beneficial for him politically as it gives ammunition for Trump and other Republicans attacking him for being too senile or unfit for office.