President Joe Biden will not be charged over his retention of government documents, Special Counsel Robert Hur announced on Thursday. In doing so, Hur stated that if Biden were charged, the president could present to a jury “as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.”
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Hur as Special Counsel last year after lawyers for Biden informed the government that the president was in possession of classified documents from his days as a senator and vice president. Hur concluded that Biden “willfully retained” the classified material.
Hur’s report describes Biden’s memory in damning terms, at one point stating that it “appeared to have significant limitations.” The report recounts a recorded 2017 conversation with Mark Zwonitzer – who helped Biden write two memoirs – in unflattering terms: