Interview Transcripts Cast Further Doubt On Biden’s Claims

Special Council Robert Hur recently concluded his year-long investigative report regarding President Joe Biden’s handling of classified documents. In that report, and his testimony before Congress, Hur presented Biden as a “sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.”

Hur’s assessment contributed to his decision not to recommend the president face criminal charges, though Special Council Jack Smith has recommended former President Donald Trump be prosecuted for his handling of classified documents.

The Special Council’s office made Hur’s report available on Feb. 7.

The White House immediately criticized the report, referring to it as “inaccurate and inappropriate.”

Similar language was used in a joint response to the report by Bob Bauer, Biden’s counsel, and White House special counsel Robert Sauber: “We do not believe that the report’s treatment of President Biden’s memory is accurate or appropriate,” they wrote.

Pushing back against criticism, Hur’s office released transcripts of his two days of questioning the president. According to PJ Media, a review of the transcripts reveals a man who at times provided “barely incoherent answers and spiraling word salads.”

The transcripts reportedly do not convey mental fitness, and the veracity of several of the president’s stronger exchanges with Hur have been called into question.

In a hastily called press briefing hours after the report’s release, Biden asserted his staff was responsible for inappropriately handling the classified documents, and that he was unaware the documents in question were at his office, his home and his garage.

Biden also sparred with reporters who questioned him about his memory and the report’s assertion that he could not remember the year his son Beau died.

CBC News aired the press conference, during which the president said:
“There’s even a reference that I don’t remember when my son died,” he barked at reporters when the report was released. “How in the hell dare he raise that? Frankly, when I was asked the question, I thought to myself: It wasn’t any of their damn business.”

News Analysts Mike Presca posted an excerpt of the transcripts which show it was the president, not the Special Council, who initiated comments about Beau Biden.

Another discrepancy centers on Hur’s testimony before Congress regarding Biden’s claim that he was unaware classified documents were in his possession.

“We also identified other recorded conversations during which Mr. Biden read classified information aloud to his ghostwriter,” Hur testified.

Though Democrats have repeatedly used the word “exonerate” or “exoneration” when speaking of Hur’s report, the Special Council reported that those terms do “not appear anywhere in my report, and that is not my conclusion.”