Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Sunday that details about President Biden’s memory contained in the special counsel’s report on the president’s handling of classified materials were “gratuitous and superfluous statements.”
Special counsel Robert Hur released a 388-page report last Thursday that concluded Biden “voluntarily” kept classified documents but disclosed any wrongdoing to Biden. The report also contained details of the 81-year-old’s memory and recollections, describing the president as an “older, friendly, well-meaning man with a poor memory.”
Hur’s report claimed that Biden did not remember “even after several years” the death of his son Beau or the end of his term as vice president.
“What I don’t think is correct – and I think the vast majority of legal experts agree with me on this – are gratuitous and superfluous statements about his memory, not about this particular case or facts relating to the handling of classified materials,” Bharara said Sunday in an interview with ABC News’ “This Week.”
“But as for other things, including the memory of the particular date and the precise date of his son’s death, which had no place in this document,” he added.
Bharara argued that this detail “makes no sense” in the report.
“In a context in which you appointed a special adviser to be above politics and away from politics, he provided political grist for Joe Biden’s opponents, politically,” he said. he added.
Biden lashed out at Hur during Thursday’s remarks at the White House: “How the hell dare he bring this up.” Frankly, when I was asked the question, I said to myself: “it was none of their business”.
“I don’t need anyone to remind me when he died,” Biden added.
Vice President Harris also criticized the report, calling it “politically motivated,” last Friday.
“As a former prosecutor, the comments that were made by this prosecutor: gratuitous, inaccurate and inappropriate,” Harris told reporters when asked about Hur’s report.
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