During a press conference on Thursday, Joe Biden expressed strong disapproval toward Special Counsel Robert Hur for referencing Biden’s difficulty in recalling the death of his son, Beau, in a recent investigative report.
According to an account by Breitbart News, Robert Hur pointed out in his investigation that the president has experienced a decline in cognitive abilities, impacting his memory. This was notably highlighted in Hur’s recommendation against prosecuting Biden for the alleged mishandling of classified documents post-vice presidency, citing insufficient evidence to prove guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt.”
The report elaborated on the president’s “significantly limited” memory capacity, suggesting it influenced the decision against prosecution. It noted, “Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury…as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,” and that it would be challenging to secure a conviction against him given these perceived vulnerabilities.
Hur’s report contained observations suggesting that Biden’s memory and cognitive functions have waned, even mentioning a startling detail that Biden struggled to recall the timing of his son Beau’s death within a broad timeframe.
This particular mention in the report provoked a strong reaction from President Biden, who voiced his indignation by questioning, “how the hell dare he!” He further criticized the insensitivity of raising such a personal matter, stating, “There’s even reference that I don’t remember when my son died. How in the hell dare he raise that. Frankly, when I was asked the question, I thought to myself: ‘wasn’t any of their damn business.'”
President Biden also shared a poignant reminder of his son, mentioning that he wears a rosary Beau gave him, although he hesitated as if the memory brought a wave of emotion that momentarily halted his speech. He firmly stated, “I don’t need anyone to remind me when he passed away,” underscoring the deep personal impact of his son’s death and his disapproval of its use in the report.