Takeaway moments from Hur testimony

by ian

Yesterday on Capital Hill, Special Counsel Robert Hur defended his report from both sides of the aisle on President Joe Biden’s mishandling of classified documents.

Hur concluded his report by saying that Biden did “willfully retained and disclosed” such materials, but that he wouldn’t bring charges against the President. He said this was because he thinks a jury would sympathize with Biden as a “well meaning, elderly man with a poor memory” rather than someone who purposefully misused his office in such a way.

That description didn’t sit well with Democrats, who claimed that Hur’s remarks must have been politically motivated. One heated exchange came between Hur and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who accused the Special Counsel of using “deeply prejudicial” language.

Another exchange came between Hur and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), who repeatedly claimed that the Special Counsel had “exonerated” Biden in his report. Hur clarified that his language did not insinuate that Biden was totally in the clear.

Another Democrat Representative, Hank Johnson of Georgia, just flat-out accused Hur of playing politics in his report.

Some Republicans, meanwhile, were frustrated that there weren’t any charges. House Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) tried to get Hur to disclose his thoughts on Biden’s motives for retaining classified documents, alleging that it was for a book deal.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) also tried to push Hur to admit that Biden lied many times in his interview, which Hur did not directly answer.

Yet, Hur affirmed that Biden had retained documents in multiple locations.