By now you’ve probably seen these highlights of the Justice Department report on Biden’s mishandling of classified documents. Here is an exact quote:
We have also considered that, at trial, Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory. Based on our direct interactions with and observations of him, he is someone for whom many jurors will want to identify reasonable doubt. It would be difficult to convince a jury that they should convict him — by then a former president well into his eighties — of a serious felony that requires a mental state of willfulness…
In his interview with our office, Mr. Biden’s memory was worse. He 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?”). 839 He did not remember, even within several years, when his son Beau died…
In a case where the government must prove that Mr. Biden knew he had possession of the classified Afghanistan documents after the vice presidency and chose to keep those documents, knowing he was violating the law, we expect that at trial, his attorneys would emphasize these limitations in his recall.
Here’s the full report, and Biden does come across as a sympathetic, confused senior citizen.
Biden called an emergency press conference last night and did this:
Betting markets dropped him from about an 80% favorite to be the Democratic nominee to about 70%.
The country can surely do better than this. C’mon man!