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Biden’s ‘Bad Memory’ and Politics: How Special Prosecutor Robert Hur’s Report Weakens the President Politically


Feb 11, 2024
The US president described as a friendly elderly man with a bad memory, according to report on Joe Biden

Robert Hur, a special prosecutor, has completed his investigation into the withholding of confidential documents by US President Joe Biden and published his findings. The report exonerates Biden on the legal level, as Hur does not recommend launching proceedings against him. However, he points out the fragility of the 81-year-old president, particularly his “bad memory” which seems to have deteriorated in recent years.

In his 388-page report, Hur states that Biden knowingly kept and disclosed classified documents after his vice-presidency while he was a private citizen. Despite this, the report does not recommend an indictment, as a jury would likely give the benefit of the doubt to an elderly man with a bad memory. The report includes passages highlighting Biden’s memory lapses during interviews with US officials and his biographer. Hur points out that Biden’s memory has deteriorated since 2017, making him appear inconsistent and demonstrating diminished faculties and memory defects.

The report 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 the existence of these documents. While the report may weaken Biden on the political level, it also highlights that he was entitled to possess these documents at the time of their discovery in his capacity as president.

Former President Donald Trump reacted to the report by denouncing a “two-tiered judicial system”. Republicans have seized the opportunity to attack Biden’s competency, making statements about elderly individuals with bad memories not being fit to hold nuclear codes. Trump himself accused Democrats of trying to cover up their own corruption by persecuting him instead of focusing on their own wrongdoings.

The White House reacted negatively to the report, stating that the comments on Biden’s memory were not accurate or appropriate. They argued that interviews took place during an international crisis, which may have contributed to Biden’s inaccuracies. The White House also criticized Trump for using this investigation as an opportunity for political attacks rather than focusing on issues facing Americans today.

Biden himself responded angrily to the report, insisting that he does not have memory problems and calling out Republicans for politicizing what should be a straightforward legal issue. He argued that politicians should be held accountable for their actions regardless of their age or condition and urged Americans to focus on important issues such as job creation and healthcare reform rather than getting caught up in political battles over personal attacks.

Overall, while Hur’s investigation exonerated Biden on legal grounds, it has significantly weakened him politically by raising questions about his competency and judgment. His opponents are now using this issue as ammunition against him in what is already a highly charged election season.

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