“My memory is good,” Biden responds to the special counsel

US President Joe Biden has harshly criticized an inquiry that revealed he handled top-secret documents improperly and claimed he had trouble remembering important moments in his life. During an unexpected press conference on Thursday night, Mr. Biden affirmed to the reporters, “My memory is fine.” “How the hell dare he raise that?” he cried in response to a suggestion that he did not remember the exact moment his kid died. Although it was determined that Mr. Biden “wilfully retained and disclosed” secret data, no charges were brought against him. Following his tenure as vice president, Mr. Biden maintained secret materials about military and diplomatic affairs in Afghanistan, according to Department of Justice Special Counsel Robert Hur.

 

The president had “significant limitations” in his memory, according to the damning 345-page report. Mr. Hur had a five-hour interview with the president as part of the investigation. According to the special counsel, Mr. Biden, 81, was unable to remember either “even within several years, when his son Beau died” (2015) or his time as vice president, which spanned from 2009 to 2017. During the press conference on Thursday night, Mr. Biden became emotional and criticized the passages that cast doubt on his memory of what happened. “Frankly, when I was asked the question I thought to myself, was none of their damn business,” he replied. “I don’t need anyone to remind me when he [Beau Biden] passed away.”

 

During the 8-9 October interview with the special counsel, he stated that he was “very occupied… in the middle of handling an international crisis”—just before the Israel-Gaza war broke out. The investigation also revealed that Mr. Biden had given a ghostwriter access to some of the private information he had written in handwritten notes for his memoir; the president refuted this information from the platform. The special counsel came to the conclusion that it would be challenging to prove the president guilty of illegal file management because “Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as an elderly man with a poor memory, sympathetic and well-meaning.”

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