U.S. President Joe Biden held a surprise press conference Thursday night to respond to allegations contained in a Special Counsel memorandum that the Commander-in-Chief is senile.
President Biden, who has recently claimed to have conversed with two long-dead European leaders, denied Robert K. Hur’s assessment that Biden is forgetful elderly man who struggles to remember significant dates, like when he became Vice President.
According to Hur, Biden’s mental incapacity, and his presentation as a genial old man, was the primary reason the Special Counsel avoided bringing charges against him for mishandling classified information.
“We have also considered that, at trial, Mr. Eiden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,” Hur said.
“Based on our direct interactions with and observations of him, he is someone for whom many jurors will want to identify reasonable doubt,” he said. “It would be difficult to convince a jury that they should convict him-by then a former president well into his eighties-of a serious felony that requires a mental state of willfulness.”
In the report, Hur said Biden improperly brought classified information to his home in Delware, where it was stored in boxes in his garage.
Thursday evening, Biden blamed that lapse on unnamed staffers, but he did not respond directly to Hur’s claim that he provided the ghostwriter of his autobiography with classified information.
In his televised address, Biden attributed his memory trouble during the 2023 Special Counsel interviews to having to sit for the interview in the days following the Oct. 7 Hamas terrorist attacks in Israel.
However, according to Hur, Biden also suffered severe memory lapses as early as 2017, during audio recorded interview sessions with the ghost writer.
Thursday night, Biden spoke briefly and answered a few questions for about nine minutes, appeared to exit the briefing room, then returned to answer questions about Israel’s military response to the Palestinian terrorist attacks.
Biden said Israel’s response to the terrorist attacks, which left more than 1,200 Israelis dead, was “over the top.”
The 46th president also mistakenly claimed that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sísí was the President of Mexico.
President Biden’s glaring mental deficiencies caused U.S. media commentators to wonder about the wisdom of bringing him out for what is, for Biden, a late-night press availability.
Several suggested that Biden’s staffers and long-time Democratic operatives in Washington, D.C. are preparing to ditch Biden ahead of the 2024 presidential election and that the press conference was an attempt to build a narrative that allows him to step down citing medical problems.