Robert Hur defends report on Biden’s memory, handling of classified documents

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By BRETT ROWLAND | THE CENTER SQUARE

Special Counsel Robert Hur told the GOP-led House Committee on the Judiciary that his report was fair in both its assessments of President Joe Biden’s handling of classified documents and his memory issues.

Hur defended his 388-page report in his opening statement on Tuesday before the Judiciary Committee.

“There has been a lot of attention paid to language in the report about the President’s memory, so let me say a few words about that. My task was to determine whether the President retained or disclosed national defense information ‘willfully’ – meaning, knowingly and with the intent to do something the law forbids,” Hur said. “I could not make that determination without assessing the President’s state of mind. For that reason, I had to consider the President’s memory and overall mental state, and how a jury likely would perceive his memory and mental state in a criminal trial. These are the types of issues prosecutors analyze every day. And because these issues were important to my ultimate decision, I had to include a discussion of them in my report to the attorney general.”

Hur said given his assignment, it was important to show his work and how he reached his conclusions. 

Read Hur’s report at this Judiciary Committee link.

“My assessment in the report about the relevance of the President’s memory was necessary and accurate and fair,” Hur said. “Most importantly, what I wrote is what I believe the evidence shows, and what I expect jurors would perceive and believe. I did not sanitize my explanation. Nor did I disparage the president unfairly. I explained to the attorney general my decision and the reasons for it. That’s what I was required to do.”

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  1. Excellent deflection from doing your job Mr Hur instead of holding Biden accountable as he DID willfully retain classified documents and then was intentionally reckless in their security… let a jury decide, not you, let the facts all be presented in public.

    • Let’s be MORE honest here, Mr. Hur. Joe Biden has dementia and is inarticulate 1/2 the time. He has a penchant for perversion and covering up the truth. He had the documents buried at his home when he was Vice President, clearly illegal. He should be prosecuted.
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      I guess Mr. Hur can stretch the truth a little, since he likes keeping his job.

    • Yes he is not the judge or jury.
      The problem is everybody knows he is guilty but past president have done the same thing but only one has the name Donald Trump.
      Poor democrats have been found out and they don’t know what to do except play dumb and lie.

    • The state’s Senators send the President their recommendations and unless there is objection, they generally get appointed.

  2. If Biden can not be prosecuted because of his ill gotten memory than he should not be sitting at the desk as President with the codes to nuclear launch in his possession.

    • No worries on the nuclear football. It is being tossed around between his handlers daily. Nobody knows who is really calling the shots…That is TOP SECRET.

      • You can’t be this daft. Biden took classified documents when he was VICE president in which he had NO immunity and NO authorization to declassify them. Then, he was giving that information to a ghost writer who doesn’t even possess a security clearance (besides the point) to write a book in an 8 million dollar deal. He sold secrets for his enrichment. But hey, Trump’s the bad guy.

        • As much as it pains me to say it… Greg is correct in this.
          No sitting President will be charged for crimes they committed prior to being elected. Now, if they do not arrest him the second he steps down, then it will be a miscarriage of justice, as well as proof that prosecuting the mentally incompetent is a losing proposition.

      • So when and if the SCOTUS rules that a sitting President does not have immunity Biden should then be prosecuted regardless of his mental condition. Plus this theft of classified information happened during hi time as VP and Senator which both are a crime under the espionage act.

  3. I’m hearing through my connections that Trump just accepted a deal with globalist to continue their onslaught of the world???
    Sure hope this is wrong or we facing more shots and illegals??

  4. In May the WHO International treaty will suspend all our rights if US government signs it!
    Sleepy joe sellout and spin!

  5. Joe Biden found classified documents and alerted the DOJ, that’s why he didn’t get charged.
    Mike Pence found classified docs and alerted the FBI, that’s why he didn’t get charged.
    Donald Trump stole classified documents, hid them, lied about them, moved them, sorted through them, stashed them in the bathroom of his deteriorating Florida golf motel and told the pool boy to destroy evidence of them! That’s why your Golden Boy is in a bind.

    • Brandon is not competent to stand trial, and was not exonerated. Nor was he authorized to declass, when the only person authorized to declass is the President, like President Trump.

      But go on, tell us more about your TDS.

    • Uh, little gaslighting there? Facts are such a difficult thing and fantasizing is so much fun. The hard part comes from separating the two. I don’t like Trump either, but I do prefer truth to fantastic PMSNBC tall tales.

    • Incorrect.
      In each example, the word “charged” should be “investigated.”
      And, Biden did not “find” classified documents any more than Trump did. Trump, NARA, the Secret Service, the FBI, and a whole host of other agencies knew they were there. In fact, they inspected Mar-a-Lago and said put a second lock on the door to the secure room.
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      I also note that you gloss over the fact that Biden knowingly disclosed the classified documents.

  6. What I find very odd about this whole situation is that the Democrats are defending President Biden and his obviously diminishing or diminished mental abilities, however by doing so they are begging for President Biden to be held to account for his clear violation on National Security secrets. You can’t have it both ways, if he’s an “elderly man with a poor memory” (which he clearly is) then he can’t be charged, if he’s not an “elderly man with a poor memory” then he should be charged.

    The transcripts from the interviews are much, much worse than what Hur put in his report regarding President Bidens memory regarding when his son died. Hur was asking President Biden about where he kept some papers after leaving the vice presidency in January 2017 and President Biden responded “when I got out of the Senate” when he was talking about leaving the vice presidency. Remember that when the report by Hur came out President Biden went into angry Joe mode and said “How in the hell dare he raise that?” and “Frankly, when I was asked the question I thought to myself, it wasn’t any of their damn business.” President Biden was never asked the question he was so mad about but he volunteered the information after being asked about a box of papers…

    BIDEN: Well, um … I, I, I, I, I don’t know. This is, what, 2017, 2018, that area?

    HUR: Yes, sir.

    BIDEN: Remember, in this time frame, my son is — either been deployed or is dying, and, and so it was — and by the way, there were still a lot of people at the time when I got out of the Senate that were encouraging me to run in this period, except the president. I’m not — and not a mean thing to say. He just thought that she had a better shot of winning the presidency than I did. And so I hadn’t, I hadn’t, at this point — even though I’m at Penn, I hadn’t walked away from the idea that I may run for office again. But if I ran again, I’d be running for president. And, and so what was happening, though — what month did Beau die? Oh, God, May 30 —

    RACHEL COTTON, A WHITE HOUSE LAWYER: 2015.

    UNIDENTIFIED MALE SPEAKER: 2015.

    BIDEN: Was it 2015 he had died?

    UNIDENTIFIED MALE SPEAKER: It was May of 2015.

    BIDEN: It was 2015.

    ROBERT BAUER, BIDEN’S PERSONAL LAWYER: Or — I’m not sure of the month, sir, but I think that was the year.

    MARC KRICKBAUM, HUR’S DEPUTY: That’s right, Mr. President. It —

    BIDEN: And what’s happened in the meantime is that as — and Trump gets elected in November of 2017?

    UNIDENTIFIED MALE SPEAKER: 2016.

    UNIDENTIFIED MALE SPEAKER: ’16.

    BIDEN: ’16, 2016. All right. So — why do I have 2017 here?

    ED SISKEL, BIDEN’S WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL: That’s when you left office, January of 2017.

    BIDEN: Yeah, OK. But that’s when Trump gets sworn in, January.

    SISKEL: Right.

    BAUER: Right, correct.

    BIDEN: OK, yeah. And in 2017, Beau had passed and — this is personal …

    Meanwhile the leftists are trying to say that the report by Hur contradicts the transcripts. Gaslighting at its finest.

    • Steve-O, Biden plays that son dying sympathy card often, too bad that a Gold Star Dad was handcuffed during Joe’s yell out State of the Union for trying the same thing. Funny how that works.

  7. Like it or not, agree with the concept or not, but prosecutors are EXPECTED to make subjective decisions based on objective reality.

    These are the core questions towards the goal of serving justice:

    1. Does probable cause exist?
    2. If probable cause exists, can I prove that this particular person committed this particular crime beyond a reasonable doubt to a disinterested jury of peers while that particular person is vigorously defended?

    Yeah, like it or not, that’s a decision a DA has to make every workday.

    Remember, justice objectively exists as a process, not an end.

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