Special counsel report on Biden memory is wrong, White House says

Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland have sought to present the Department of Justice as independent from the White House, after Trump put pressure on the DOJ to shut down a probe into Russia’s role in the 2016 election.

Biden said Thursday evening he still believed special counsels should have been appointed to investigate whether he or Trump had mishandled classified documents.

However, Sams suggested Hur, a Republican, may have been influenced by politics.

“We’re in a very pressurized political environment. And when you are the first special counsel in history not to indict anybody, there is pressure to criticize and to make, you know, statements that may be and otherwise you wouldn’t make,” Sams said.

Sams said the special counsel’s comment that Biden could not remember the date of his son’s death was “really out of bounds.” Biden reacted furiously on Thursday night to Hur’s comment about his son, saying “how the hell dare he” bring this up.

Biden’s son Beau Biden died in 2015 after battling brain cancer. The president regularly invokes the death of his son when consoling relatives of service members who died in action or victims of gun violence, and visits his grave site on the May 30 anniversary of his death.

Biden gave the interviews that the special counsel report was based on Oct 8 and 9, as he organized the US response to the Oct 7 Hamas attack on Israel.

Sams said Biden has ordered the establishment of a task force to review the handling of classified information during the transition period between a president and his successor.

Jean-Pierre said Biden’s physician during his physical exam last year opted not to give Biden a cognitive test because he was able to handle the rigours of being president.

Trump, 77, the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, has misidentified people as well, recently confusing Republican opponent Nikki Haley with Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat who was speaker of the House of Representatives when he was in power.

In addition to a classified documents investigation, Trump faces lawsuits, charges, trials and fines related to his attempts to overturn Biden’s 2020 election win, business dealings and sexual abuse.

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