Biden ‘Willfully Retained Classified Materials,’ Read it to His Ghostwriter

2024-03-12 07:00:00

Former Special Counsel Robert Hur will testify before the House Judiciary Committee today.

Biden Did It, But His Mental State!

So is Biden okay or not? This is a no win situation for the Democrats:

Ex-Special Counsel Robert Hur testified Tuesday that President Biden “willfully retained classified materials,” but said he “had to consider” the president’s “memory and overall mental state” when determining whether to bring charges against him.

Hur, who testified publicly before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees Tuesday, explained that he did not bring charges against the president despite the willful retention of classified records about military and foreign policy in Afghanistan and other countries, among other records related to national security and foreign policy, which Hur said implicated “sensitive intelligence sources and methods.”

“My team and I conducted a thorough, independent investigation,” Hur testified. “We identified evidence that the President willfully retained classified materials after the end of his vice presidency, when he was a private citizen.”

“This evidence included an audiorecorded conversation during which Mr. Biden told his ghostwriter that he had ‘just found all the classified stuff downstairs.’ When Mr. Biden said this, he was a private citizen speaking to his ghostwriter in his private rental home in Virginia,” Hur continued. “We also identified other recorded conversations during which Mr. Biden read classified information aloud to his ghostwriter.”

He added, though, that “we did not, however, identify evidence that rose to the level of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Because the evidence fell short of that standard, I declined to recommend criminal charges against Mr. Biden.”

Previous Reporting

He will defend his conclusion of not charging President Joe Biden for mishandling classified records.

He plans to tell the House Judiciary Committee:

“My assessment in the report about the relevance of the President’s memory was necessary and accurate and fair,” Hur wrote in a copy of the remarks obtained by Fox News. “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.”

“I analyzed the evidence as prosecutors routinely do: by assessing its strengths and weaknesses, including by anticipating the ways in which the President’s defense lawyers might poke holes in the government’s case if there were a trial and seek to persuade jurors that the government could not prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt,” Hur added.

Hur also will say: “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. I could not make that determination without assessing the President’s state of mind.”

Hur will make these claims even though the transcript Biden fumbled the interview.

Biden lashed out at Hur for bringing up his dead son Beau. The transcript shows Biden brought him up:

“How in the hell dare he raise that,” Biden said about Hur on the day the report was released. “Frankly, when I was asked the question, I thought to myself it wasn’t any of their damn business.”

In a copy of the transcripts obtained by Fox News, it appears Biden himself was the one who brought up the timing of Beau’s passing when speaking to Hur about his time living at a rental home in Virginia in 2017, after leaving his role as vice president.

“So during this time when you were living at Chain Bridge Road and there were documents relating to the Penn Biden Center, or the Biden Institute, or the Cancer Moonshot, or your book, where did you keep papers that related to those things that you were actively working on?” Hur asked Biden.

“This is, what, 2017, 2018, that area?” Biden responded, before later saying “and so what was happening, though – what month did Beau die? Oh, God, May 30th.”

A White House lawyer then said 2015.

“Was it 2015 he had died?” Biden said.


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