Biden Displays Repeated Mental Errors During Special Counsel Interview

( – Democrats released the transcript of President Joe Biden’s testimony with Special Counsel Robert Hur before the prosecutor appeared before the House Judiciary Committee. The POTUS sat down with the prosecutor for a five-hour interview in October 2023. During his testimony, he was clear and alert, but he did have some mental lapses. 

In early February, Hur released his report on the investigation into Biden’s handling of classified documents. The special counsel announced he wasn’t going to charge the president with a crime. He also described the POTUS, who is 81 years old, as an “elderly man with a poor memory.” Hur said the president’s memory had “significant limitations.”

The White House took issue with Hur’s report and condemned him. Biden was especially angry over an allegation that he didn’t know when his son, Beau Biden, died from cancer. The transcript of the interview gives context to that exchange. 

The transcript shows Hur didn’t ask about the younger Biden’s death. During a conversation about writing his book, which was inspired by his son’s death, the president stated his son died “May 30” and his lawyer stepped in and said “2015.” Biden then asked, “Was it 2015 he had died?”

During the exchange, Biden seemed to forget when former President Donald Trump took office and his time as vice president ended. He asked, “Trump gets elected in 2017?” Someone interrupted and corrected Biden, saying Trump won the election in 2016. Biden said, “’16, 2016. All right. So — why do I have 2017 here?” 

Biden’s White House counsel, Ed Siskel, told the president, “That’s when you left office, January of 2017.”

At another point during the interview, Hur asked Biden how material related to a 2009 debate about the Afghanistan war during former President Barack Obama’s administration ended up in his garage in Delaware. The president said that he didn’t know, that someone else must have packed it. Hur asked him if he knew where the material was before it was put in his garage. Biden responded, “Well, if it was 2013 — when did I stop being vice president?”

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