Robert Hur, the special counsel, has completed his investigation into US President Joe Biden’s withholding of classified documents and released his findings. The report exonerates Biden on a legal level, as Hur does not recommend that he be prosecuted. However, the report highlights the fragility of the 81-year-old president, especially his “bad memory” which seems to have worsened in recent years. This has weakened Biden politically, especially since he is in a close race with his main opponent, Donald Trump.
Hur’s 388-page report alleges that Biden knowingly kept and disclosed classified documents after the vice presidency while a private citizen. Even so, the report recommends against indictment, as a jury would likely give the benefit of the doubt to an elderly man with a failing memory. The report includes passages highlighting Biden’s lapses in memory during interviews with US officials and his biographer. Hur points out that Biden’s memory has deteriorated since 2017, causing him to appear inconsistent and exhibit diminished abilities and memory defects.
The report also accuses Biden of keeping classified documents in his home without authorization, but suggests that a jury could conclude that he may have forgotten or been unaware of the documents’ existence. While the report may weaken Biden politically, it also emphasizes that he had the right to have these documents at the time of their disclosure in his capacity as president.
Former President Donald Trump, who is facing similar allegations from other investigations, reacted negatively to the report by condemning what he sees as a two-tiered justice system for politicians versus ordinary citizens like himself. Republicans seized this opportunity to attack Biden’s competence, making statements about elderly individuals with failing memories who are incapable of holding nuclear codes.
The White House responded negatively to the report by saying that comments about Biden’s memory were neither accurate nor appropriate