President Biden delivered a furious rebuttal to Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report Thursday night after it flagged repeatedly issues with his memory even while announcing a decision not to charge him for having classified documents at his home and office.
‘I know what the hell I’m doing,’ an animated Biden told reporters during a hastily arranged press conference at the White House after early takes on the report’s findings highlighted Hur’s account of memory issues, even as it hit him for ‘willfiully’ retaining classified information.
‘My memory has not gotten worse. My memory is fine. Take a look at what I have done since becoming president,’ Biden exclaimed.
‘No one thought I could pass any of the things I got passed. How did that happen? I guess I just forgot what was going on,’ he snarled.
The surprise announcement came hours after the Department of Justice released its long-awaited investigation into Joe Biden ‘s mishandling of classified documents
He was particularly animated with Hur’s inclusion of the claim that he couldn’t remember the timing of Beau’s death.
Biden brought up the topic himself, mentioning language int he report on ‘my recollection of events.’
‘How in the hell he dare he raise that?’ he fumed.
But in keeping with multiple public events this week, Biden botched the identification of a world leader, calling Abdel Fattah El-Sisi the President of Mexico.
‘I’m president I put this country back on its feet,’ he thundered.
‘There’s even reference that I don’t remember when my son died. How in the hell dare he raise that,’ he furiously stated. ‘I don’t need anyone, I don’t need anyone, to remind me of when he passed away.’
He also said reports about his ‘willfull’ retention of documents is ‘misleading.’
The surprise address to the nation came hours after the Department of Justice released its long-awaited investigation into Joe Biden’s mishandling of classified documents Thursday, delivering a damning assessment of the president’s ‘diminished faculties’ and limited memory.
Although the report did not recommend bringing charges against the 81-year-old, it provides a cascade of damaging findings about files found in Biden’s garage as well as the president’s fitness for office.
In interviews with investigators, Biden became muddled about the dates he was vice president and could not even remember the year in which his son Beau died.
And it said his cavalier attitude to classified documents, such as his habit of reading sensitive files to a ghostwriter, posed a significant national security risk.
One of the reasons they decided not to press charges was because ‘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’.
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