‘My memory is fine’ – Biden hits back after report on classified files

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President Biden has angrily criticised a special counsel report on classified documents which questioned his memory and ability to recall dates and events.

The US leader held a surprise news briefing at the White House, telling reporters: “My memory is fine.”

Special Counsel Robert Hur found that Mr Biden had mishandled classified documents but would not be charged.

The report made several scathing remarks, including suggesting his memory had “significant limitations”.

It said that it would be difficult to convict the president of improper handling of files because “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”.

Responding to that, Mr Biden said: “I was very occupied. I was in the middle of handling an international crisis,” – referring to the 7 October attacks by Hamas in Israel that happened one day before he sat for an interview with Mr Hur’s team.

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