© Reuters. U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the White House in Washington, U.S., February 8, 2024. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
By Jeff Mason and Steve Holland
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Friday sharply criticized a report from a Department of Justice particular counsel that urged President Joe Biden was struggling reminiscence lapses, saying it included inaccurate, gratuitous and inappropriate criticism.
Ian Sams, spokesperson for the White House authorized counsel’s workplace, took the lectern within the White House briefing room to criticize the report from Special Counsel Robert Hur and lift questions on his judgment.
Hur stated in a report launched on Thursday that he selected to not carry prison fees following a 15-month investigation into Biden’s dealing with of labeled paperwork as a result of the president cooperated.
Hur stated Biden can be tough to convict and described him as a “well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.”
“We just reject that this is true,” Sams stated.
Vice President Kamala Harris additionally weighed in on the controversy.
“The way that the president’s demeanor in that report was characterized could not be more wrong on the facts and (is)clearly politically motivated,” she stated, in keeping with a pool report.
Sams stated the particular counsel’s remark that Biden couldn’t keep in mind the date of his son’s dying was “really out of bounds.” Biden reacted furiously on Thursday night time to Hur’s remark about his son, saying “how the hell dare he” carry this up.
Biden’s son Beau Biden died in 2015 after battling mind most cancers. The president usually invokes the dying of his son when consoling relations of service members who died in motion or victims of gun violence, and visits his grave web site on Beau’s May 30 dying anniversary.
Biden gave the interviews that the particular counsel report was primarily based on Oct. 8 and 9, after organizing the U.S. response to the Oct. 7 Hamas assault on Israel.
Sams introduced that Biden has ordered institution of a activity drive to overview the dealing with of labeled info throughout the transition interval between a president and his successor.