A spokesman for Robert Hoare said he had made “inappropriate criticism” of the president
The White House condemned a report prepared by US Special Counsel Robert Hoare, which investigated allegations that President Joe Biden mishandled classified documents. A senior legal staff said the prosecutor exceeded his authority in describing Biden as a man “An old man with a weak memory.”
White House General Counsel spokesman Ian Sams launched an attack against Hoare's report during a rare press conference on Friday. Although the report ultimately recommended against bringing any charges against Biden, Sams questioned why Hoare discussed the president's age at all.
“When the inevitable conclusion is that the facts and evidence do not support any charges, you wonder why this report spends time making unwarranted and inappropriate criticism of the president.” he added.
Although Sams did not question Hur's intentions, Vice President Kamala Harris suggested the special counsel was “Political motives” Earlier Friday, saying his description of Biden “He couldn't be more wrong about the facts.”
“So I will say, when it comes to the role and responsibility of the prosecutor in a situation like this, we should expect that there will be a higher level of integrity than we have seen.” Harris said.
Hoare was initially appointed U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland in 2018 by then-President Donald Trump, but resigned after just three years. He returned to government in early 2023, when Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed him as special counsel to investigate classified documents.
In a 345-page report released Thursday, Hoare said the investigation had been completed “It uncovered evidence that President Biden intentionally kept and disclosed classified materials after serving as Vice President when he was a private citizen.” But he concluded that potential jurors would view Biden as such “A well-meaning old man with a weak memory.” He chose not to file criminal charges against the president.
While Biden praised the decision during a news conference on Thursday, he rejected Hoare's references to his advanced age and insisted that his memory is preserved. “fine” And that “I know what I'm doing.”
Just minutes later, Biden mistakenly called Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi the leader of Mexico when discussing the situation in Gaza, the latest in a series of similar misnomers in recent days.
As the oldest president in US history at 81 years old, Biden's fitness is among the top concerns of American voters as they enter the 2024 election season. In a recent NBC News poll, 76% of respondents expressed great or moderate concerns about President's statements “Mental and physical health” Which reflects similar results to another survey conducted last September.
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