Polls show a majority of Americans think 81-year-old Joe Biden isn’t mentally fit to be President.
Now Joe Biden’s mental faculties are the biggest issues in the 2024 election.
And Joe Biden’s lawyers made one claim about his cognitive state that instantly backfired.
Special counsel Robert Hur released his report on his investigation into Joe Biden stealing classified documents.
Even though Hur found that Biden “willfully retained” classified documents and “disclosed” classified information, Hur reported he wouldn’t recommend criminal charges against Biden.
That’s because Hur concluded Biden was too mentally enfeebled to stand trial, as jurors would see Biden as too senile to realize he was committing criminal acts.
“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,” Hur wrote in his report.
Special Counsel cited two specific incidents
To buttress this finding about Biden’s cognitive decline, Hur included two incidents from his office’s interviews with Biden where Biden couldn’t remember what years he served as Barack Obama’s Vice President and what year his son Beau died of brain cancer.
“In his interview with our office, Mr. Biden’s memory was worse. He 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?’),” Hur’s report read.
“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,” the Hur report continued.
Biden’s team knew this report constituted political dynamite and presented a damning betrayal of a senile President.
White House communications aide Ian Sams posted the White House counsel’s rebuttal to Hur’s report, where the lawyers claimed Biden suffered no such memory issues and his cognitive functions were beyond question.
Everyone should look at page 384 (I know it’s a lot to scroll down)
The inappropriate criticisms of the President’s memory are inaccurate, gratuitous, and wrong. We told the Special Counsel this. pic.twitter.com/Cr6VifBMnv
— Ian Sams (@IanSams46) February 8, 2024
Biden is seemingly unaware some of his inner circle may have flipped
This didn’t land the way Biden and his handlers hoped.
But it seems it could have been a not subtle means of preparing the way for Joe Biden’s exit.
If Joe Biden was mentally fit and suffered no memory lapses, then he’s competent to stand trial. But the reason Hur said he wouldn’t pursue charges against Biden is the fact that the jury would see him as addled and not all together there.
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