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MAGA Pounces as Biden’s Own DOJ Questions His Mental Fitness in Report

MAGA Pounces as Biden’s Own DOJ Questions His Mental Fitness in Report

A Department of Justice special counsel’s report raised serious questions about President Joe Biden‘s mental acuity as it declined to prosecute him for mishandling classified documents.

Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report drew a furious reaction from the president who addressed the nation hours later to take on the report that appeared to reinforce what many voters believe: at 81 Biden is too old to run for a second term.

“I know what the hell I’m doing,” Biden said on television as his Republican opponents pounced on Hur’s devastating portrait a forgetful old man who couldn’t remember when his son died or when he was vice president.

“In his interview with our office, Mr. Biden’s memory was worse. He did not remember when he was vice president, forgetting on the first day of the interview when his term ended (“if it was 2013 – when did I stop being Vice President?”), and forgetting on the second day of the interview when his term began (“in 2009, am I still Vice President?”),” the report stated. “He did not remember, even within several years, when his son Beau died. And his memory appeared hazy when describing the Afghanistan debate that was once so important to him.”

Newsweek reached out to the White House and Biden’s 2024 reelection campaign via email for comment.

President Joe Biden speaks during the annual House Democrats 2024 Issues Conference on February 08, 2024, in Leesburg, Virginia. Republican Congress members criticized Biden on Thursday after the president’s own Department of Justice (DOJ) questioned…Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

How s report on the classified documents found at Biden’s home in Delaware and his Penn Biden Center office in Washington, D.C., was released on Thursday. When the news of the classified documents was made public in January 2023, Biden told the press that he was “surprised” by the discovery. Biden cooperated during the investigation and because of this, and the fact that it would likely be difficult to convict him, Hur decided not to bring criminal charges against the president.

“Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,” Hur wrote in his report.

Biden released a statement on Thursday saying that he was “pleased” that no charges were brought against him.

“I cooperated completely, threw up no roadblocks, and sought no delays,” Biden said. “Over my career in public service, I have always worked to protect America’s security. I take these issues seriously and no one has ever questioned that.”

Meanwhile, in a letter circulating online that was addressed Hur and Deputy Special Counsel Krickbaum, the White House said, “We do not believe that the report’s treatment of President Biden’s memory is accurate or appropriate … In fact, there is ample evidence from your interview that the President did well in answering your questions about years-old events over the course of five hours.”

Age and cognitive ability have been a major talking point in this election cycle as Trump, the GOP frontrunner, is 77 years old, and Biden, the Democratic incumbent, is 81. Critics on both sides have mocked Trump and Biden for gaffes when delivering speeches.

Republican Congress members who support former President Donald Trump‘s MAGA (Make America Great Again) movement were quick to call Biden’s mental competency into question on Thursday.

“If Joe Biden is not mentally fit to stand trial, then he certainly isn’t mentally fit to be President of the United States,” Representative Marjorie Taylor Greenea Georgia Republican, posted on X, formerly Twitter. “It’s time to do something about it.”

“They are claiming he’s too mentally incompetent to stand trial but competent enough to be President?” Representative Lance Gooden, a Texas Republican, posted on X.

Representative Jim Jordanan Ohio Republican, wrote on X, “Today’s report from Robert Hur tells us two things: There’s a double standard of justice in this country. And Joe Biden isn’t fit for office.”

House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanika New York Republican, shared the excerpt from Hur’s report of Biden’s worsening memory on X, writing, “Democrats and their stenographers in the mainstream media may try to look the other way and brush this under the rug, but it is so glaringly obvious to the American people. This is truly a sad state for America with a President who is clearly unfit for office.”

When reached for comment, Stefanik’s office referred Newsweek to a joint statement made by Stefanik, along with other members of House Republican Leadership.

“Among the most disturbing parts of this report is the Special Counsel’s justification for not recommending charges: namely that the President’s memory had such ‘significant limitations’ that he could not convince a jury that the President held a ‘mental state of willfulness’ that a serious felony requires,” the statement read, in part. “A man too incapable of being held accountable for mishandling classified information is certainly unfit for the Oval Office.”

During his Thursday evening remarks, Biden insisted his “memory is fine” and “has not gotten worse.”

The president also appeared emotional when addressing the mention of his son in Hur’s report.

“I don’t need anyone to remind me when he passed away. Every Memorial Day we hold a service (to) remember him attended by friends and family and the people who loved him,” Biden said. “I don’t need anyone—I don’t need anyone to remind me when he passed away.”

However, Biden’s critics were quick to point out he made a gaffe during the news conference when he seemingly confused Mexico with Egypt.

“As you know, initially, the president of Mexico, al-Sisi did not want to open up the gate to allow humanitarian material to get in,” Biden said, referring Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

“In the press conference where he was trying to convince people that his mental faculties are ok, Biden mixed up Mexico and Egypt,” Cenk Uygur, host of the progressive news and commentary outlet The Young Turks, wrote on X. “This is getting embarrassing. Democrats who claim they can’t see the problem are beginning to look f****** ridiculous. Somebody throw in the towel!”

Newsweek reached out to Trump’s campaign and Greene’s office via email, as well as via phone to the offices of Jordan and Gooden for comment.

Update 2/8/24, 6:43 p.m. ET: This article has been updated comment from Stefanik’s office.

Update 2/8/24, 9:15 p.m. ET: This article has been updated to include comments from Biden’s evening address.

Update 2/8/24, 9:40 p.m. ET: This article has been updated to include more comments from Biden’s evening address.

Update 2/8/24, 9:51 p.m. ET: This article has been updated to include a social media post from Cenk Uygur.

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