Growing questions over Biden's mental state following special counsel's report

 February 9, 2024

While President Joe Biden will not face criminal charges for keeping classified material at his house, a report on the matter cites damning evidence regarding his conduct. 

According to Fox News, the allegations were laid out by Special Counsel Robert Hur on Thursday following a month-long investigation.

Biden kept documents in his "garages, offices, and basement den"

"We conclude that no criminal charges are warranted in this matter. We would reach the same conclusion even if the Department of Justice policy did not foreclose criminal charges against a sitting president," the report read.

However, it stressed that the investigation "uncovered evidence that President Biden willfully retained and disclosed classified materials after his vice presidency when he was a private citizen."

This included "marked classified documents about military and foreign policy in Afghanistan, and notebooks containing Mr. Biden's handwritten entries about issues of national security and foreign policy implicating sensitive intelligence sources and methods."

What's more, the classified material was discovered to have been kept across a variety of locations, including "the garages, offices, and basement den in Mr. Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware home."

Report questions Biden's mental state

Yet what some critics find even more troubling is Hur's contention that the president's degraded mental state would make a conviction unlikely.

"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 special counsel wrote.

Further, the report outlined instances in which the president struggled to discuss basic facts concerning his time in Washington.

"In his interview with our office, Mr. Biden's memory was worse," the report stated, noting, "He did not remember, even within several years, when his son Beau died."

President appeared confused during press conference

"And his memory appeared hazy when describing the Afghanistan debate that was once so important to him," Hur's report stressed. What's more, Biden allegedly could not recall when his tenure as vice president started or came to an end.

For his part, the president held a press conference following the release of Hur's report during which he disputed accusations about his cognitive state.

Still, many observers were left unconvinced, with some pointing to the fact that he at one point confused the president of Egypt with the president of Mexico.

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