US President Joe Biden’s former special prosecutor, Robert Hur, has published his findings on the withholding of confidential documents by the president. Although the report does not recommend launching legal proceedings against him, Hur highlights the fragility of the 81-year-old president and his “bad memory” that seems to have deteriorated in recent years. This has weakened Biden on a political level, especially as he is in a close race with his main opponent, Donald Trump.
Hur’s 388-page report states that Biden knowingly kept and disclosed classified documents after his vice-presidency while he was a private citizen. Despite this, it does not recommend an indictment as a jury would likely give an elderly man with 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 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 their existence. While it may weaken Biden politically, it also highlights that he was entitled to possess these documents at the time they were discovered in his capacity as president.
Former President Donald Trump reacted to the report by denouncing a “two-tiered judicial system.” Republicans seized this opportunity to attack Biden’s competency, saying elderly individuals with bad memories are not fit to hold nuclear codes. Meanwhile, the White House responded negatively to the report, arguing that comments on Biden’s memory were inaccurate or inappropriate. Joe Biden himself responded angrily to the report, insisting that he did not suffer from any memory problems.
In conclusion, while Hur’s investigation found no legal grounds for charges against Joe Biden