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Republicans concerned about national security threats, Biden’s competency after shocking classified docs probe

Furious Republicans on Capitol Hill said Friday that President Biden, 81, “intentionally” retained and shared classified information following the release of a shocking special counsel report that determined the 81-year-old president “intentionally” retained and shared classified information. He said he was a threat to national security and was no longer fit to serve as president. However, due to his cognitive decline, he will not be charged.

Robert Hur reported that he declined to file a lawsuit against Biden. 388 page report The secretary also concluded Thursday that the commander-in-chief improperly retained documents from his time as a senator and “disclosed classified material” to ghostwriters after leaving office as Barack Obama’s vice president in 2017. published the results of their investigation.

But Mr. Hoar said that given Mr. Biden’s “limited accuracy and memory” in both interviews, as well as the Justice Department’s long-standing guidance on prosecuting sitting presidents, Mr. It added that there was a reasonable suspicion that he had “forgotten” about it or had neglected to remember its whereabouts. With Ghostwriter and Herr’s investigators.

Republicans on Friday expressed extreme concerns about national security threats and President Biden’s mental competency, saying he “intentionally” kept classified documents but will not be prosecuted due to cognitive decline. He referred to the shocking special counsel’s report that revealed that Reuters
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Turner (R-Ohio) said, “President Biden knowingly hoarded classified information from his decades as a senator and vice president, and Special Counsel Robert Hur… We have decided not to recommend charges against him.” Global Images Ukraine (via Getty Images)

The special counsel went on to say that if the evidence were presented in a federal trial, “Mr. Biden would likely present himself to the jury as a sympathetic, well-meaning old man with a poor memory, just as he did when we interviewed him.” I will show you,” he added.

The president slammed Mr. Xu’s findings at a White House press briefing Thursday night, calling his claims about the “deliberate” retention of documents “patently false.”

“I mean well, I’m old, I know what I’m doing,” Biden said. “I became president and got this country back on its feet.”

Special counsel Robert Hur declined to file charges against the 81-year-old Biden, according to a 388-page report on the Biden investigation released Thursday. Getty Images

Republican leaders on the House and Senate Special Intelligence Committees disagreed.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Turner (R-Ohio) said in a statement that “President Biden has knowingly hoarded classified information from his decades as a senator and vice president, but special counsel Robert Hur… Officials have decided not to recommend charges against him.”

“Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Justice Department clearly has a two-tiered judicial system,” he said, referring to the indictment of former President Donald Trump for keeping classified documents in his Palm Beach, Fla., mansion. added.

“As a military veteran and a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, I am concerned about the extent of the damage to national security,” said Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio). said. AP

“The report states that Mr. Biden maintained material on ‘confidential intelligence sources and methods,'” said Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), another committee member. he told the Post. “As a military veteran and a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, I am concerned about the extent of the damage to national security.”

“The special counsel decided not to indict Mr. Biden because he believes he is suffering from age-related dementia,” said Senate Intelligence Leader Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). said. Posted in Xrefers to a portion of the report in which the president said he could not remember “when his term ended” or “when his term began” as vice president.

Biden also “couldn’t remember when his son Beau died, even within a few years,” according to the report.

Biden also “couldn’t remember when his son Beau died, even within a few years,” according to the report. Michael Reynolds/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

The president’s eldest son’s death occurred on May 30, 2015, and was the main focus of his 2017 memoir, “Dad, Promise Me,” written with the help of Biden’s ghostwriter Mark Zwonitzer. Ta.

The Democratic leaders of both chambers of the committee, Sen. Mark Warner (Virginia) and Rep. Jim Himes (Connecticut), did not respond to requests for comment, but other party members did not shy away.

‘This is worse than an indictment,’ says one Democratic strategist. told the DispatchMeanwhile, a source in Biden’s home state of Pennsylvania told the publication that the report “reinforces the narrative” about the president’s weakness.

“It’s terrible no matter how you slice it,” the second person added, while another operative told the Dispatch that the Hur report was “very bad” for Biden, emphasizing that it was “very bad.” he added.

Following the revelation of Mr. Biden’s significant memory loss, Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) sent a letter Thursday night to Attorney General Merrick Garland, who appointed Mr. Hur last January, in which He explained the “dramatic” coverage of Mr. Biden. “deterioration of mental function” as “a matter of concern.”

In response to the severe memory loss, Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) sent a letter Thursday night to Attorney General Merrick Garland, who appointed Ha He said the details of the “significant decline” were “alarming”. Getty Images

“We do not prosecute or refuse to prosecute people based on their character or their perceived public perception,” Tenney wrote, according to a copy of the letter obtained by the newspaper. . “The special prosecutor must do so if he or she determines that the evidence provides a reasonable basis for charges.”

If not, she added, the report “makes a reasonable case” that “he does not have the mental capacity to stand trial.” And Garland should begin the process of removing the president under the 25th Amendment, which allows him to appoint the vice president and Cabinet members, she added. The supreme commander will be dismissed if he is “unable to fulfill the authority and duties of his office.”

“There is no middle ground,” Tenney stressed.

Rep. Ronnie Jackson (R-Texas), a member of the House Foreign Affairs and Armed Services Committee, told the Post that damning conclusions about Biden’s mental competency could be “provoking our adversaries.” He said there is. Getty Images

Mr. Biden kept the documents loosely stored in cardboard boxes in the garage of his Wilmington, Delaware, mansion and other locations, including the think tank offices at the Penn Biden Center. More than a dozen of them contained top secret information, many of which were top secret or top secret. .

Some date back nearly half a century to his first years as a U.S. senator.

“It was in my house. “It wasn’t exposed in public, like Mar-a-Lago,” Biden said at a Thursday night news conference, comparing his actions and those of President Trump. I said this while making a comparison. [sic] It’s classified. ”

Biden said Thursday that federal prosecutors were praised by Maryland’s two Democratic senators, Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, when they were appointed by President Trump in 2018. In his first speech to House Democrats, he also disparaged Herr as a “Republican consultant.”

Rep. Ronnie Jackson (R-Texas), a member of the House Foreign Affairs and Armed Services Committee, told the Post that damning conclusions about Biden’s mental competency could be “provoking our adversaries.” He said there is.

“I was in the White House for 14 years. I took care of three presidents,” Jackson said, referring to his service under Presidents Trump, Barack Obama and George W. Bush. “I know what it takes physically and cognitively and mentally to do this job. And I knew from before he became president that he had the capabilities necessary for this job. I knew it was a long way off.”

“Every day we see world leaders taking advantage of this country by seeing the Biden administration as a window of opportunity, a moment of weakness,” he added.

“I understand that Biden did not have access to some of the documents from his time in the Senate,” Jackson said, his voice breaking. “If he had documents from when he was a senator, he stole them from the Capitol. [Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility].

“He sneaked them out of SCIF!”

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