First Lady questions whether private investigator cited son’s death to score political points

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — First Lady Jill Biden She said in an email to campaign donors on Saturday that she did not know what the special counsel was trying to achieve when he proposed the president Joe Biden He cannot remember his son’s death.

“We must give everyone grace, and I can’t imagine someone would try to use our son’s death to score political points. If you’ve experienced a loss like this, you know you don’t measure it,” she wrote. In years – you measure them by sadness.”

She was an emphatic defense of her husband in a memo to supporters while the Biden team worked on it Alleviate democratic concerns Amid alarms raised by the special counsel regarding Biden’s age and memory, in a report specifying that Biden will not be charged with any criminal activity for possession. Secret documents after leaving office.

Special Counsel Robert Hoare, a former Republican attorney general appointed by Donald Trump, found that the president should not face charges for retaining the documents, describing it as a hypothetical defense for the 81-year-old president to show that his memory is “foggy.” “Ambiguous”, “flawed”, “poor”, and has “major limitations”. He added that during an interview with investigators That Biden cannot remember “even within years” when his eldest son was his The lover He died.

“Believe me, like anyone who has lost a child, Beau and his death never leave them,” Jill Biden said.

It was an unusual personal observation for a private investigator investigating the president’s handling of classified documents. Beau Biden died in 2015 due to a brain tumorit’s something Biden talks about regularly, citing it as a reason not to run in 2016 and a subsequent motivation for his successful 2020 run.

“May 30 is a day forever etched in our hearts,” Jill Biden said in a note to her supporters about the day Beau Biden died. “It broke me, it broke our family. … What helped me, what helped Joe, is finding purpose. That’s what keeps Joe continuing to serve you and the country we love.”

References to Beau Biden in the Hoare report angered the president, who later said: “How the hell dare he bring that up?”

Biden said 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 an international crisis.”

Voters were concerned about his age. 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.

“Joe is 81, that’s true, but he’s 81 and he does more in one hour than most people do in a day. Joe has wisdom and compassion and vision,” Jill Biden said. “His age, with his experience and expertise, He is an incredible asset and he proves it every day.”

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