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Special Counsel finds Biden ‘willfully retained and disclosed classified information’ but memory is too bad for charges

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Special counsel Robert Hur announced on Thursday that President Joe Biden had “willfully retained” and mishandled classified documents after leaving the vice presidency. However, despite these findings, Hur stated that he would not recommend charging Biden. The reasons behind this decision have raised eyebrows, with many finding them concerning.

The report revealed that investigators discovered Biden had retained and disclosed classified information after his vice presidency while he was a private citizen. These materials included marked classified documents on military and foreign policy in Afghanistan, as well as notebooks containing handwritten entries on national security and foreign policy matters implicating sensitive intelligence sources and methods. FBI agents recovered these materials from various locations in Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware home.

During interviews, it became evident that Biden’s memory was significantly impaired, with recordings from 2017 revealing his struggles to recall events and difficulties in reading and relaying his own notebook entries. Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Hur to investigate Biden’s handling of classified documents in January 2023, following the discovery of classified documents in Biden’s Delaware residences and at the Penn Biden Center.

The report also highlighted Biden’s cognitive decline, noting that his memory had worsened over time. In interviews conducted last year, Biden could not remember important dates, such as when his term as vice president began or ended, and he struggled to recall significant personal events, such as his son Beau’s death.

Despite these findings, investigators concluded that it would be challenging to convince a jury to convict Biden, especially given his age and cognitive decline. The report suggested that Biden would likely present himself as a sympathetic elderly man with a poor memory, making it difficult for jurors to identify reasonable doubt.

The White House expressed its pleasure at the investigation’s conclusion but criticized the report’s “inaccurate and inappropriate comments.” While Biden has been cleared of charges, questions remain about the implications of his mishandling of classified information and the adequacy of safeguards to prevent such incidents in the future.

 

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Venezuela’s communist president punishing Biden admin by halting flights of migrants being repatriated from U.S.

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Venezuela is pushing around the Biden administration by halting flights of migrants being repatriated from the U.S. and Mexico. According to U.S. officials, Venezuela’s communist President Nicolas Maduro is breaking a deal with the United States, which was a “key instrument for the Biden administration to halt illegal migration from the communist South American country” reports ADN America.

Reportedly the “halt in flights came as part of a Venezuelan measure after the White House reinstated some economic sanctions it had lifted against its oil and gas industry as part of a gesture to move the country toward democratic elections.”

Washington has since accused Caracas of following through with its promises to ease pressure and intimidation tactics against opposition candidates, such as the country’s prized Unity candidate, Maria Corina Machado, ADN America adds.

“Corina Machado obtained an impressive 72% level of support, marking a milestone as the candidate with greatest support in the history of the country before elections.” ADN has published several reports outlining the crack downs, kidnappings of opposition candidate campaign workers and intimidation tactics.

In addition to breaking its promises to observe democratic principles for free and fair elections, Venezuela has also asserted a claim it has a right to invade its oil rich neighbor, Guyana, sparking further concerns within the Pentagon and State Department.

According to U.S. officials who spoke to The Wall Street Journal, chances of reigniting the agreement are slim and relations between both sides continue to slip into a dark chasm. “Increased deportations and containing the surge of migrants from Venezuela, the third-largest nationality after Mexico and Guatemala, could have helped ease some of the pressure on Biden, whose poll ratings have been sliding ahead of November’s presidential election, partly because of the immigration issue,” the Journal reported.

The U.S. has so far repatriated about 1,800 Venezuelans on 15 flights since the October agreement was brokered, a sliver of the migrants who have penetrated the southwest border during the Biden era.

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