President Joe Biden reportedly expressed frustration at a private event in Virginia upon learning that he would not face charges for mishandling classified documents. Special counsel Robert Hur released a comprehensive report indicating that Biden’s mishandling was “willful” but suggested that a jury might be sympathetic to his memory issues, recommending no charges.
During a private session with House Democrats, Biden was allegedly angered by an excerpt from the report that highlighted his inability to recall specific details, including when his son Beau Biden passed away. According to anonymous sources, Biden responded, “You think I would forget the day my son died?”
Hur’s report described Biden as an “elderly man with a poor memory” and questioned the Justice Department’s ability to secure a conviction due to potential juror sympathy. Despite Biden’s frustration, the report concluded that convincing a jury to convict an elderly former president with memory issues would be challenging.
In a subsequent news conference with House Democrats, Biden defended himself against allegations of memory issues and also made an erroneous reference to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi as the “president of Mexico.”
Hur’s report overall portrayed Biden as “significantly limited” and raised concerns about his cognitive state.