‘How the hell dare he’: Biden defends memory after special counsel report | Politics news

The US President says his memory is “good” after a special investigator’s report said he could not remember the year his son died.

US President Joe Biden defended his memory after the special counsel’s report into his handling of secret documents renewed scrutiny of his fitness for office ahead of the presidential election in November.

In emotional remarks, Biden took aim at special counsel Robert Hoare because he found his memory was “so limited” when prosecutors interviewed him that he could not remember the year he began serving as vice president under President Barack Obama or the year his son Beau began. He died.

“There’s even a reference, ‘I don’t remember when my son died,'” Biden said during a press conference at the White House on Thursday. “How the hell dare he raise that?”

Biden, who is the oldest US president in history and will be 86 years old at the end of his second term, said that his memory is “good” and “has not worsened.”

Biden also questioned some of Hoare’s assertions about his culpability in the mishandling of sensitive documents, and denied that he shared classified information with his confidential writer.

The Hur report said Biden would not face criminal charges over the removal of classified documents at the end of Obama’s presidency because he cooperated with investigators and would appear sympathetic to the jury.

“Mr. Biden will likely present himself to the jury, as he did during our interview with him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning old man with a poor memory,” Hoare wrote in his report.

Hoare, a former federal prosecutor under the Trump administration, was appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate Biden’s handling of classified materials after sensitive documents were discovered in his private office in Washington, D.C.

Subsequent searches of his home in Delaware and the University of Delaware revealed more sensitive documents that had been improperly removed.

Biden’s age emerged as a source of grave concern to American voters and Democratic Party officials, who often shared their concerns in private discussions with colleagues and journalists.

In a poll published by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research last year, 77% of respondents, including 69% of Democrats, said Biden is too old to govern until 2028.

US House of Representatives Speaker Mike Johnson, a Republican, said that Biden’s press conference following the special counsel’s report showed that he was “unfit” to serve as president.

Biden has made a series of gaffes in recent days that have refocused attention on his age and mental ability.

Biden appeared to confuse former German chancellors Angela Merkel and Helmut Kohl on Wednesday, when he said at a campaign event that he had met Kohl at a G7 meeting in 2021, four years after Kohl’s death.

This mix-up came days after Biden recalled that he spoke with French President François Mitterrand, who died in 1996, at the same G7 meeting, instead of current President Emmanuel Macron.

During his remarks in defense of his memory on Thursday, Biden also referred to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as “the president of Mexico.”

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