On Thursday, prominent Republicans criticized President Joe Biden in the wake of the long-awaited publication of special counsel Robert Hur’s report detailing the criminal investigation into Biden’s handling of classified information.
Prosecutors declined to prosecute Biden for a variety of reasons, but Biden’s mental fitness, or lack thereof, was arguably the most significant that was cited.
The report provoked significant opposition from Republicans, the majority of whom demanded his resignation on the grounds that he was unfit for office.
In addition to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and House Majority Leader Tom Emmer (R-MN), Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) issued a joint statement.
“The Special Counsel’s finding that President Biden ‘willfully retained and disclosed classified materials’ and engaged in practices that ‘present serious risks to national security’ is deeply disturbing. Not only does it demonstrate the President’s recklessness, but exposes a two-tiered system of justice that is indicting one President with politically motivated charges while carrying water for another amid similar allegations.” the statement read.
“Among the most disturbing parts of this report is the Special Counsel’s justification for not recommending charges: namely that the President’s memory had such ‘significant limitations’ that he could not convince a jury that the President held a ‘mental state of willfulness’ that a serious felony requires. A man too incapable of being held accountable for mishandling classified information is certainly unfit for the Oval Office.” it continued.