President Struggled To Recall So Much, Even About Beau

Struggled To Recall So Much, Even Beau

President Joe Biden hands a dandelion to first lady Jill Biden as they walk on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington to board the Marine One, Thursday, April 29, 2021. The Biden's are traveling to Atlanta to mark the president's 100th day in office. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

President Joe Biden struggled to remember key dates and said he was unfamiliar with how classified documents ended up in his possession, according to a newly released transcript of his hourslong interview with special counsel Robert Hur.

The transcript of Hur’s two-day interview with Biden, reviewed by the Washington Examiner, is part of a wider report released in February that concluded Biden should not be criminally charged for his apparent mishandling of classified documents, in part due to the president’s age. Hur did not recommend charges because Biden’s memory was “significantly limited” and he’d come across to a jury as a “sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.”

The report detailed how the president had forgotten the year when his son Beau died, a finding reaffirmed in the transcript.

The interview transcript dropped just before Hur is expected to testify before Congress on Tuesday. Both Republicans and Democrats, albeit for different political purposes, are likely to contrast his findings with those of special counsel Jack Smith, who recommended criminal charges for former President Donald Trump for his own handling of classified documents.

In prepared testimony, Hur plans to stand by his assessment of Biden’s situation as “accurate and fair.”

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