Biden allies go on defense blitz following Hur report: 'Bucket of BS'


Allies of President Biden joined Sunday morning shows to defend the commander in chief following Special Counsel Robert Hur’s months-long report on classified documents that characterized Biden as an "elderly man with a poor memory."

"He's smart. He's on his game," Biden campaign co-chair Mitch Landrieu told NBC’s "Meet the Press" on Sunday. "And as Secretary Mayorkas said a minute ago, when you go in to brief the president, you better have your big boy pants on. And this kind of sense that he's not ready for this job, it's just a bucket of BS that's so deep, your boots will get stuck."

Landrieu and Biden’s personal attorney Robert Bauer joined morning shows on Sunday to defend the president’s mental clarity following Hur’s report. The report, released Thursday, described the president’s memory as "hazy," "fuzzy," "faulty," "poor," and suggested Biden did not remember when his son Beau Biden died.

The report ultimately decided against criminally charging the president for the possession of classified documents after he served as vice president.

"We conclude that no criminal charges are warranted in this matter," the report, released Thursday, states. "We would reach the same conclusion even if the Department of Justice policy did not foreclose criminal charges against a sitting president."

Bauer, who appeared on CBS’s "Face the Nation," described Hur’s report as "shoddy" and riddled with "factual misstatements." Following the report’s public release, the White House counsel's office requested Hur revise some of the language in the report.

"The investigation could have been concluded in two or three months. It went on for over 15 months. And so, along with the legal conclusion comes this flood of characterizations, factual misstatements, pejorative comments about the president that are inconsistent with DOJ policy and norms. And that, as you see over the last 48 hours, have been widely criticized by legal experts. This is not what prosecutors do. It is shoddy work product," Bauer said Sunday.

Biden held a press conference Thursday evening where he fielded questions from the media regarding his mental clarity, memory and age following Hur's report. Amid Biden defending his mental state, he confused Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi as the "president of Mexico," sparking concern stateside as well as abroad. Critics lampooned the president for the gaffe, as some called for the invocation of the 25th Amendment, which stipulates the presidential order of succession if a commander in chief is unable to fulfill their duties, dies, resigns or becomes incapacitated.

Bauer doubled-down throughout his interview Sunday that the Hur report was "shoddy" and "shabby," and detailed that he was in the room when Biden answered the special counsel’s questions across two days and that the president was "engaged" during the interview and answered to his "best recollection."... (Read more)

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