According to a report by special prosecutor Robert Hur, Joe Biden knowingly kept and disclosed classified documents after his vice-presidency. However, the report does not recommend launching proceedings against him. Instead, Hur highlighted the fragility of the 81-year-old head of state, pointing to a deteriorated memory.
The report contains passages that highlight Biden’s memory issues, including his inability to remember key events and the slow and forgetful nature of interviews in 2017. Biden is also accused of keeping classified documents at his home, a situation exacerbated by the state of his memory.
Despite being legally entitled to possess these documents as president, the report has been seized upon by Republicans as evidence of Biden’s unsuitability for office due to his memory issues. Biden’s supporters have criticized the mention of his memory issues in the report, and Biden himself has vehemently denied having any problems with his memory.
However, even though Hur has cleared Biden legally, the political fallout could be significant as he continues to campaign for re-election against Donald Trump. The fragility of Biden’s memory will likely remain a major issue for both candidates during their debates and speeches in coming months.