...the Justice Department has provided the media and Republicans with a both sides defense on documents to use in their fluffery of Trump, with a bonus dig at Biden’s mental health. So that’s fucking awesome. I remain very concerned about the Fall election. It’s clear that it does not matter how well things are going or anything concrete, a lot of people just want to burn shit to the ground and a lot of people just want to carry out their vengeance porn on the poor and minorities and those different than them.
Apparently Biden's meeting with the prosecutor came the day after the Hamas Massacre in Israel -- seems to me Biden might well have been a little distracted that day, with, you know, the possibility of war in the Middle East and all...
Hur did his version of Comey's "I have no case but need to slap 'em around a little" routine— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) February 8, 2024
as for Biden's mental fitness, I talked to him one-on-one at the White House 10 days before Hur did
here's the video; judge for yourselfhttps://t.co/uZHiWLjCo6
At Talking Points Memo, Josh Marshall writes:
Robert Hur's interviews with Biden were on October 8th and October 9th...days if not hours after the October 7th Hamas attack. If he seemed distracted, there is a pretty good reason why that doesn't require Hur to speculate on what conclusion a fictitious jury might have.— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) February 8, 2024
...this is another example of the universal rule: Republican special counsels are chosen to investigate Democrats. And Republican special counsels are chosen to investigate Republicans. It may not have been a great idea for Merrick Garland to have a two-time Trump appointee investigate Joe Biden. But here we are. Robert Hur totally slimed Biden with these gratuitous comments about his mental acuity and memory, referring to him as a “well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.” Even if you assume they are the product of a good faith evaluation they are still wildly inappropriate.DOJ guidelines make clear that if you’re not bringing charges you don’t bash the subject of the investigation in your announcement (a la James Comey).You certainly aren’t supposed to affirmatively attempt to demean the subject of the investigation with clearly political attacks that aren’t even related to what you’re investigating. Hur might as well have called him “Fake News Joe Biden.” It’s really that transparent and that bad.
Parker failed to mention that Hur is a former Trump administration official. That's a fairly significant omission..— Dennis P. Crawford (@DennisPCrawford) February 8, 2024
ding ding ding https://t.co/PRJukyOkeu— George Conway (@gtconway3d) February 9, 2024