Prosecutors ruled there was no evidence to charge Biden with withholding documents but drew a response from the president for suggesting he was too old.
Joe Biden is “a nice old man with good intentions and a bad memory,” who, when interviewed, “doesn’t remember when he became vice president,” or even the year her son Beau died, whose death due to cancer in May 2015 was a very difficult psychological blow for him. Therefore it was not appropriate to try him for the theft of secret documents, because a jury “would look on it with sympathy.” Because the president must leave office to be held legally accountable, “it will be difficult to convince a jury to convict him – at that time, he will be a former president until his eighth decade of life – of a serious crime.” (to produce) a mental state capable of performing intentional actions.”
This is what he said special prosecutor Robert Hur, which investigated the case of official documents taken by the president of the United States from the White House when he was vice president with Barack Obama, in a 357-page report in which it exonerated the current president of all criminal charges that responsibility, although it proves that Biden I should be careful.
The report by Hur, who is a Republican and has a high position in the Department of Justice under Donald Trump, is a legal exemption but a political condemnation of the first order, due to the brutality of the special prosecutor, who was appointed by Hur himself the attorney general of Biden (a position equivalent to the Secretary of Justice of Spain), Alejandro Mayorkas, points to the famous Achilles heel of the current president: his alleged absence of mental skills. And he did it in such a way that the logical conclusion was to open the disqualification process for Biden, who turned 81 more than two months ago.
The result is that a political storm heating up the already boiling political climate in the United States. Biden himself gave a press conference to contradict Hur, where the president, following his political instincts, argued with journalists where he made another mistake, when he targeted the Egyptian dictator, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, as “President of Mexico.” I couldn’t have done worse if I wanted to.
Hur took his report into personal territory that is unusual in this type of investigation. No more than nine times he referred to Biden’s memory, which he described as “blurred”, “with significant limitations”, “limited”, “bad”, and “worse”. The report got into personal territory when it said Biden “doesn’t even remember the approximate year his son Beau died.”
These statements provoked last night (early morning today in Spain) a Biden’s angry reaction. The president called an impromptu press conference at eight o’clock in the evening – a time when Americans are already having dinner – to get Hur back on track. “How the hell did you dare bring that up? I don’t need anyone to tell me when he died,” declared an angry Biden during his appearance at the White House. “I mean well, I’m old, and I know what the hell I’m doing. I’m the president and I’m taking this country back. I don’t need your recommendation,” Biden said, referring to Hur.
The White House has already privately responded to the attorney general on Monday, before the report was made public, when he sent a letter to Hur in which he stated that “we do not believe that the (report) treatment of the president’s memory that Biden is the right one,” especially in an official report by a special prosecutor. The president’s office suggested a double standard, as Hur accepted without much of a problem that one of Biden’s lawyers, John McGrail, “has a hazy memory” of the events that took place eight year after being asked, while Biden is left with an older man.
Hur’s accusations will come when Biden continues to mix up names almost daily. At an election rally in Nevada over the weekend, he said the French president was François Mitterand – who died in 1996 – and not Emmanuel Macron. Other glorious mistakes include disturbing Mariupol – in Ukraine, the scene of a fierce siege by the Russian invaders in 2022 – along with Fallujah – in Iraq, where the invaders and those who imposed the -attack is the Americans -. But they are not new. In 2008, Biden asked a paraplegic to stand at a rally, and two years later he gave a funeral eulogy for a living person. That same year, Biden gave a speech so completely incomprehensible that former president Barack Obama, who spoke next, began by saying, “I don’t know what Joe said, that not unusual.” In 2018, Biden admitted, “I’m a screw-up machine.”
Biden’s rival, Donald Trump, The 77-year-old also has a history of mistakes, opening up a vulnerable side to attacks by his opponent for the Republican nomination, Nikki Haley. In the last few weeks Biden confuses Obama; Obama with Hillary Clinton; Haley with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi; to Hungary with Türkiye; and the Second World War with the Third (which has not yet begun). During his presidency, Trump included executives in the names of their companies, leading him to call Marillyn Hewson, then CEO of defense giant Lockheed Martin, “Marilyn Lockheed,” and Apple CEO Tim Cook. even changing his name on the social network Twitter). Trump also made the African country “Nambia,” which is probably located between Namibia and Zambia.
In American History it is not unusual for a president to be physically or mentally weak. Richard Nixon was literally drunk because of the fall of the White House. Ronald Reagan began to suffer from the effects of Alzheimer’s during the last two years of his term. Woodrow Wilson, who led the country during the First World War, barely managed the last year of his presidency, after suffering a thrombosis that left him semi-paralyzed and blind for a eye, and that means he is trapped. in the White House and received only visits from his wife and his doctor, while the great powers decided the order of the world after the peace in Europe.