Special prosecutor Robert Hur has released his findings on the withholding of confidential documents by US President Joe Biden, and the report has raised concerns about the 81-year-old president’s memory. The investigation found 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 an elderly man with a bad memory the benefit of the doubt.
The report highlights several instances where Biden’s memory lapses during interviews with US officials and his biographer. It notes that his 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 their existence.
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. The White House responded negatively to the report, stating that 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 his inaccuracies.
Former President Donald Trump, also facing accusations of keeping confidential documents, reacted to the report by denouncing a “two-tiered judicial system.” Republicans have seized this opportunity to attack Biden’s competency, claiming that elderly individuals with bad memories are not fit to hold nuclear codes. However, some argue that politicians should be held accountable for their actions regardless of age or health status.
Overall, while Hur’s investigation exonerates Biden legally, it has weakened him politically by raising questions about his fitness for office and giving ammunition to his opponents to attack him further. As such, it is crucial for him to address these concerns head-on and demonstrate his competency once again in order to maintain public trust and confidence in his leadership abilities.