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Biden branded ‘well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory’

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Special Counsel Robert K. Hur submitted his report on the confidential documents found in President Biden’s Delaware garage — and Mr S can confirm, it’s a doozy. 

The report is brutal in its characterisation of Biden’s acuity. It says that Biden ‘did not remember when he was vice president’

Hur found that Biden wilfully concealed the fact that he held confidential documents, citing a recorded interview with his ghostwriter from 2017 where he claimed to have ‘stumbled upon classified documents.’ Amazingly, in 2023, Biden claimed not to have any recollection of this.

In what CNN calls a ‘searing report’, Hur said, ‘We have also considered that, at trial, Mr Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.’

The report is brutal in its characterisation of Biden’s acuity. It says that Biden ‘did not remember when he was vice president, forgetting on the first day of the interview when his term ended (‘if it was 2013 — when did I stop being vice president?’) and forgetting on the second day of the interview when his term began (‘in 2009, am I still vice president?’) He did not remember, even within several years, when his son Beau died. And his memory appeared hazy when describing the Afghanistan debate that was once so important to him.’

Hur concluded that ‘the evidence does not establish Mr Biden’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt,’ and Biden apologists came out swinging. Like a narcissist who has just been dumped, ‘White House counsel Richard Sauber and Biden personal attorney Bob Bauer wrote a five-page letter to Hur on Monday, saying that raising issues with Biden’s memory was “entirely superfluous”,’ reported CNN.

‘We do not believe that the report’s treatment of President Biden’s memory is accurate or appropriate,’ the pair declared.

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