‘How dare he?’ Joe Biden rages in emotional address after ‘poor memory’ helped him dodge trial over keeping secret docs

JOE Biden insisted his memory “is fine” during a surprise address to the nation on Thursday night.

The emotional speech came just hours after it was ruled the president will not face criminal charges over keeping secret documents.

President Joe Biden gave a surprise address to the nation conference

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President Joe Biden gave a surprise address to the nation conferenceCredit: AP
Classified documents were discovered in a file cabinet in President Joe Biden's home in January 2023

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Classified documents were discovered in a file cabinet in President Joe Biden’s home in January 2023Credit: AP
US Attorney Robert Hur handled the special counsel case involving the classified documents Biden obtained

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US Attorney Robert Hur handled the special counsel case involving the classified documents Biden obtainedCredit: AP
Biden said during the conference, 'I did not share classified information'

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Biden said during the conference, ‘I did not share classified information’Credit: AP
Biden got emotional over claims that he did not remember the date his son, Beau, died

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Biden got emotional over claims that he did not remember the date his son, Beau, diedCredit: Reuters

A special counsel report on Thursday declared Biden “willfully retained and disclosed classified materials” from his time as Barack Obama’s vice-president.

Prosecutors, however, deemed him “an elderly man with a poor memory,” who when interviewed, was said to have got muddled about the dates he served as VP and the year his son Beau died.

Biden, 81, fired back at the claims on Thursday night, insisting he needs no reminder of his son’s death.

“I don’t need anyone, anyone, to remind me when he passed away,” the president said of the special counsel.

“How dare he raise that.

“Frankly, when I was asked the question, I thought to myself, was it any of their damn business?” 

The president went on to tell reporters that he had sat with Special Counsel Robert Hur, who wrote the report, for “five hours, two days, over events going back 40 years.”

He also reminded those listening from the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House that he was “managing a national crisis” at the same time, referring to the immediate aftermath of Hamas’s October attack on Israel.

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“I know what the hell I’m doing,” he raged.

“My memory is fine, take a look at what I’ve done since I’ve been president.”

Biden pleased that no charges brought in classified documents case

The special counsel declared on Thursday that Biden would not face criminal charges and avoid a trial over keeping secret documents.

“The decision to decline criminal charges was straightforward,” he said.

It comes after his report confirmed Biden “willfully retained and disclosed classified materials” while Vice President.

Biden, however, will not face charges though after mixing up dates from when he served as VP and the year Beau died, according to the special counsel’s report.

The mix-up proved that he is a “well-meaning elderly man.”

“At trial, Mr Biden would likely present himself to a jury as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,” special counsel Robert Hur said.

Speaking after the remarks during his fiery address to the nation, Biden insisted he did not share the classified information.

“I’ve seen headlines since the report was released about my willful retention of documents,” he said.

“This assertion is not only misleading, it’s just plain wrong.

“I did not share classified information. I did not share it with my ghostwriter.”

He was later asked by one of the reporters in the room about the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

In doing so, Biden wrongly labelled Egypt’s Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the President of Mexico.

“I think as you know initially, the president of Mexico, El-Sisi, did not want to open up the gate to humanitarian material to get in,” he said.

“I talked to him. I convinced him to open the gate.”

The mix-up came just days after Biden appeared to mix up French President Emmanuel Macron with François Mitterrand, the former president of France who died in 1996.

Meanwhile, former US President Donald Trump was quick to weigh in on the latest, insisting the outcome of Biden’s document-keeping was “VERY UNFAIR.”

“THIS NONSENSE MUST END!!!” he wrote on his Truth Social account.

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His reaction came just hours ahead of the Nevada caucuses on Thursday night, with President Biden having already won the Nevada primary for the Democrats on Tuesday.

Trump, meanwhile, is leading the Republican Party’s presidential nomination by a landslide, with the pair’s battle for the White House ramping up day by day.

The special counsel declared Biden would not face criminal charges and avoid a trial over keeping secret documents

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The special counsel declared Biden would not face criminal charges and avoid a trial over keeping secret documentsCredit: AP
The decision was made after finding that Biden is a 'well-meaning elderly man with a poor memory'

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The decision was made after finding that Biden is a ‘well-meaning elderly man with a poor memory’Credit: AP