The special counsel has been investigating whether the president improperly manipulated classified documents during his previous tenures as vice president and senator. This week, it was concluded that no criminal charges were warranted. The prosecutor, Robert Hur, detailed his argument for why charges were not necessary. He stated that Mr. Biden would present himself to a jury as a nice, well-intentioned, elderly man with a bad memory. Hur cited examples of the president’s failing memory, including a question about the date his eldest son, Beau Biden, had died.
The comments about Beau infuriated the president, who has been open about his grief over his son’s death. First lady Jill Biden questioned whether those comments were politically motivated. Bauer, who is married to Biden’s top White House adviser, raised concerns about the inclusion of those details with both Hur and Prosecutor Merrick Garland, but the appeal failed. The Justice Department has not commented on the criticism.
The president sat with investigators for several hours just as the October 7 attack on Israel by the Hamas militant group occurred. He said he answered the questions truthfully and to the best of his knowledge. Bauer argued that key moments when the president answered questions from investigators were not included in the report. Hur is a Republican and a former federal prosecutor under Trump.
Biden’s allies say they do not expect the president or his campaign to address the age issue more directly. They point out that attacks on the president for his age were also persistent four years ago, when Trump labeled him “Sleepy Joe.” A person’s competence to be put on trial is determined in court, through a “psychiatric or psychological examination” ordered by the court, as indicated in the Department of Justice’s criminal procedures manual.
In conclusion, the special counsel’s investigation into the president’s handling of classified documents during his previous tenures has concluded that no criminal charges were warranted. The president’s memory was called into question, particularly regarding the date of his son’s death. The Justice Department has not commented on the criticism, and Biden’s allies do not expect the president or his campaign to address the age issue more directly.
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