US Politics

Bumbling Biden insists his memory is ‘fine’ but gaffe underscores fragility

US president has been forced to contain the fallout from a damning critique of the US president’s mental sharpness

Joe Biden: the visibly angry US president summoned reporters to the East Wing where he read out a brief statement in response to Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report into Biden’s mishandling of classified documents. Picture: Getty

Despite Donald Trump’s more high profile legal challenges, it was arguably Joe Biden who sustained the most serious political hit this week from a legal missive this week.

Special Counsel Robert Hur’s 388-page report into Biden’s mishandling of classified documents, legally exonerating him but landed a blow to his chances of re-election.

The White House scrambled to contain the fallout from Hur’s decision to incorporate a damning critique of Biden’s mental acuity.

In August 2022, ...