AG Garland Defends Robert Hur’s Report On Biden

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( – Attorney General Merrick Garland claimed that it would have been “absurd” for him to have blocked special counsel Robert Hur from making his controversial assessment of President Biden’s memory in his special counsel report last month. 

Hur in his report had claimed that Biden would appear before a jury, much like he had during the interviews  as a “sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.” The White House quickly responded to these comments and argued that Hur’s criticisms had been inappropriate. 

Garland was asked about those who had claimed that he should have blocked Hur from making the comments he had made, however in response Garland pointed out that the Department of Justice should be independent. He then pointed out that the White House had never instructed him to step in. 

On Thursday during a press conference, Garland had argued that when President Biden had announced his nomination he had told him directly and had announced to the American public that he wanted the Department of Justice’s independence and integrity to be restored. Biden had wanted him to serve as a lawyer for the United States people and not as his own president. 

Garland argued that this had been what he had intended at the time and he was certain it was still what he intended. 

Garland was also asked about whether he considered the language used by Hur to describe Biden’s mental state to have been appropriate. As he pointed out from the beginning, he had said that he would publicize the report of all the special counsels during his time in service. He pointed out that this is what is consistent with the regulations and that it is absurd to think that the attorney general should edit or redact the report of the special counsel that explains why certain conclusions had been reached.

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