Biden’s memory is ‘foggy’ and ‘impaired,’ says special counsel report that raises questions about his age

WASHINGTON (AP) — Old fears about the president Joe BidenOmar and memory intensified on Thursday after the release of A Report of the private investigator investigating his possession of confidential documents.

The report described the 81-year-old Democrat’s memory as “foggy,” “ambiguous,” “flawed,” “poor” and with “significant limitations.” She noted that Biden cannot remember identifying milestones in his life.

‘He did not remember when he had been Vice President, he forgot on the first day of the interview when his term ended (“If it was 2013 – when did you stop being Vice President?”), and he forgot on the second day of the interview ‘when his term began (‘ In 2009, are you still vice president?’” “He did not remember, even within several years, when his son Beau died.”

While Biden will not face charges of mishandling classified documents, the report’s assertions about his memory could undermine Biden’s message to voters that he is capable of running the government and protecting the country. Voters are already going into this year’s elections with Strong doubts about Biden’s ageAfter I examined his slips, his coughs, his slow walk, and even A He stumbled off his bike.

In ruling out a trial for Biden because he kept top-secret material as a private citizen, the report noted that he would appear too weak to stand trial: “It would be difficult to convince a jury that he should be convicted — by then a former president.” In his eighties – for committing a serious felony requiring a mental state of premeditation.

The White House responded to the characterizations of Biden’s memory in a February 5 letter from the president’s lawyers published in the report by special counsel Robert Hoare. The letter says Biden’s inability to remember dates or details of events that occurred years ago is not surprising or unusual, especially regarding when some documents were filled out or moved.

“We do not believe the report’s treatment of President Biden’s memory is accurate or appropriate,” the letter said. “The report uses extremely damaging language to describe a common occurrence among witnesses: a lack of recollection of events years ago. Such comments have no place in a Department of Justice report.”

It is not unusual for people under government investigations to say they do not remember an event or conversation to avoid issues such as perjury. The special counsel has not released the transcript of the interviews with Biden, so some of the context is unclear. Former President Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner, boasted of his extensive memory, but he also said at times in legal proceedings that he did not remember specific events.

Biden noted in a statement issued Thursday that he sat down for five hours to interview Hoare’s team over two days on October 8 and 9, “even though Israel had just been attacked on October 7 and I was in the middle of dealing with the issue of “International”. calamity.”

in August poll By The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs 77% of American adults say Biden is too old to be effective for another four years. It has been one of the rare sources of bipartisan agreement during an era of political polarization, with 89% of Republicans and 69% of Democrats saying Biden’s age is an issue.

The release of the report coincided with recent speeches by Biden in which he falsely claimed to have spoken with European leaders — French President François Mitterrand and German President Helmut Kohl — who had not actually held office since the 1990s and died several years ago.

Trump, 77, is also facing questions about recent memory lapses. In a speech Trump gave in January Incorrectly and repeatedly He mixed up former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, his main rival for the Republican nomination, with Rep. Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California.

Pelosi was Speaker of the House during the January 6, 2021, insurrection by Trump supporters who were seeking to stop the certification of the 2020 election results. Trump said Haley led the House, and claimed she should have done more to secure it.

But Republican critics were quick to pile in on Thursday when the special counsel’s report became public.

Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minnesota, previously said on Twitter that the report was “disturbing” and that Biden “clearly does not have the cognitive capacity to be president.”

“If you’re too senile to stand trial, you’re too senile to be president,” said Alex Pfeiffer, spokesman for Make America Great Again Inc., the main super PAC supporting Trump’s candidacy. “Qualified to lead this nation.”

Shortly before the special counsel’s report was made public, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was downplaying Biden’s gaffes at her daily briefing. Jean-Pierre said the mistakes are “common” for most public figures, including those younger than Biden.

“It happens to all of us,” said Jean-Pierre, who suggested she had misspoken, as did House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La.

Jean-Pierre tried to say that the public’s attention should focus more on the substance of what Biden was saying about how concerned world leaders are about Trump’s possible return to the White House.

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Stephen Horsford, Democrat of Nevada, on Thursday dismissed concerns about Biden’s mental acuity following the president’s ramblings earlier this week.

“I was with the president on Sunday,” Horsford said, referring to Biden’s visit to Nevada. He added: “The President is well suited to be our commander in chief and we will continue to focus on the issues that the American people are focused on.”

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Associated Press writer Seung-Min Kim in Washington contributed to this report.

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