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Jill Biden defends husband from age attacks, suggests special counsel tried to ‘score political points’


First
Lady
Jill
Biden

lashed
out
at

special
counsel
Robert
Hur
over
his
scathing
report

that
raised
alarming
questions
about
her
husband’s
advanced
age
and
mental
acuity.

While
Hur
cleared
President
Joe
Biden
of
any
charges
related
to
classified
documents
found
at
his
Delaware
home,
he
also
flagged
multiple
instances
of
the
commander-in-chief
being
forgetful,
describing
him
as
a
“well-meaning
elderly
man
with
a
poor
memory.”

His
388-page
report
posited
that
the
president
couldn’t
remember
the
exact
or
even
approximate
date
when
his
late
son
Beau
Biden
died
or
even
when
his
vice
presidency
ended
during
an
extended
interview
with
prosecutors.

“I
hope
you
can
imagine
how
it
felt
to
read
that
attack

not
just
as
Joe’s
wife,
but
as
Beau’s
mother,”
Jill
Biden
bemoaned
in
an
email
to
her
backers
over
the
weekend.

“I
don’t
know
what
this
Special
Counsel
was
trying
to
achieve.
We
should
give
everyone
grace,
and
I
can’t
imagine
someone
would
try
to
use
our
son’s
death
to
score
political
points.”

Hur,
a
Trump
appointee
and
former
US
Attorney
for
the
District
of
Maryland,
was
named
special
counsel
in
January
of
2023
to
oversee
the
Justice
Department
probe
of
Biden’s
mishandling
of
classified
documents.

His
report
claimed
that
Biden
“did
not
remember,
even
within
several
years,
when
his
son
Beau
died.”
Beau
Biden
died
from
brain
cancer
in
2015

and
the
president
has
frequently
recounted
the
anguish
he
went
through
during
that
time.

“If
you’ve
experienced
a
loss
like
that,
you
know
that
you
don’t
measure
it
in
years

you
measure
it
in
grief.
May
30th
is
a
day
forever
etched
on
our
hearts.
It
shattered
me,
it
shattered
our
family,”
Jill
Biden
rebutted.

“How
the
hell
dare
he
raise
that?
Frankly,
when
I
was
asked
the
question,
I
thought
to
myself
it
wasn’t
any
of
their
damned
business,”
President
Biden

fumed
in
an
animated
press
conference

last
Thursday.

The
First
Lady
has
long
defended
her
husband
from
grumbling
about
his
age.

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Images

At
81,
Biden
is
already
the
oldest
US
president
ever.
Should
he
win
and
serve
out
a
second
hypothetical
term
in
office,
Biden
would
be
86
by
its
conclusion.

Hur’s
damning
report
poured
fuel
on
the
firestorm
of
speculation
surrounding
his
age,
even
as
he
looks
poised
to
once
again
face
off
against
Donald
Trump,
who
is
only
three
and
a
half
years
younger.

The
special
counsel
claimed
that
Biden
“did
not
remember
when
he
was
vice
president,
forgetting
on
the
first
day
of
the
interview
when
his
term
ended
(‘if
it
was
2013

when
did
I
stop
being
Vice
President?’),
and
forgetting
on
the
second
day
of
the
interview
when
his
term
began
(‘in
2009,
am
I
still
Vice
President?’)”

White
House
officials
have
bristled
at
and
cast
doubt
on
some
of
those
claims
from
Hur
while
grumbling
that
they
weren’t
pertinent
to
his
investigation
in
the
first
place.

While
passionately
rebutting
the
age
portions
in
the
Hur
report
in
a
fiery
press
conference,
Biden
had
another
lapse,
accidentally
referring
to
the
misidentifying Egyptian
President
Abdel
Fattah
el-Sisi
as
the
“president
of
Mexico.”

Republicans
seized
on
the
development,
with
some
such
as

Rep.
Claudia
Tenney

suggesting
the
cabinet
invoke
the
25th
Amendment
and
oust
him
from
office
on
the
basis
that
he
lacked
the
capacity
to
serve.

The
25th
Amendment
allows
for
the
removal
of
a
president
in
the
event
of
an
incapacitation
in
some
form.

“Joe
is
81,
that’s
true,
but
he’s
81
doing
more
in
an
hour
than
most
people
do
in
a
day,”
the
first
lady
added.
“His
age,
with
his
experience
and
expertise,
is
an
incredible
asset
and
he
proves
it
every
day.”

Biden
allies
then
quickly
latched
onto
former
President
Donald
Trump’s
rally
in
South
Carolina
Saturday,
where
he
said
he
would
encourage

Russia
to
attack


NATO
allies

that
don’t
pay
their
dues,
and
wondered
why
his
former
US
ambassador
to
the
UN
Nikki
Haley’s
deployed
husband
was
absent
from
the
campaign
trail.


Joe Biden
President
Biden
was
deeply
offended
by
special
counsel
Robert
Hur’s
knock
on
his
age.

AP

On
Saturday,
famed
Democratic
political
strategist
James
Carville
raised
concerns
about
Biden
skipping
a
Super
Bowl
Sunday
interview
for
the
second
year
straight.

“It’s
the
biggest
television
audience,
not
even
close,
and
you
get
a
chance
to
do
a
20-,
25-minute
interview
on
that
day,”
Carville
told
CNN’s
“Smerconish”
Saturday.

“And
you
don’t
do
it?
That’s
a
kind
of
sign
that
the
staff
or
yourself
doesn’t
have
much
confidence
in
you,”
Carville
went
on.
“There’s
no
other
way
to
read
this.”

The
Super
Bowl
Sunday
interview
with
the
commander-in-chief
was
started
by
former
President
Barack
Obama
in
2009.
Last
year,
the
Super
Bowl
drew
115
million
views.

“And
he’s
not
going
to
do
debates,”
Carville
later
added.
“He
is
old,
I
know
what
it
is
because
I’m
almost
as
old
as
he
is,
and
it’s
never
going
to
get
better.”

White
House
officials
countered
that
Americans
are
eager
to
watch
the
San
Francisco
49ers
square
off
with
the
Kansas
City
Chiefs,
rather
than
think
about
politics.

A
news

ABC
News/Ipsos
poll

found
that
86%
of
Americans
think
Biden
is
too
old
to
serve
a
second
term.

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