Democratic presidential candidate Dean Phillips believes that a new Justice Department report has “all but handed” the 2024 election to former President Donald Trump.
The Minnesota Democrat, who launched his bid to challenge President Joe Biden in October, said the release of Special Counsel Robert Hur’s damning report on the mishandling of classified materials just “affirms” that the 81-year-old commander-in-chief is not fit to serve another term.
“It’s another sad day for America and particularly for President Biden and his family,” Phillips said in a statement, according to Fox News Digital.
“While President Biden ‘willfully retained and disclosed classified materials,’ the Special Counsel elected not to prosecute him because a jury would likely not convict a ‘well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,'” he added, referring to the report that did not recommend criminal charges against Biden.
“The Report simply affirms what most Americans already know, that the President cannot continue to serve as our Commander-in-Chief beyond his term ending January 20, 2025,” Phillips said.
“Already facing the lowest approval numbers in modern history and losing in each of the key battleground states, this Report has all but handed the 2024 election to Donald Trump if Joe Biden is the Democratic nominee — and I invite fellow Democrats to face the truth,” he added, echoing his sentiments in a post on X Tuesday.
— BPR based (@DumpstrFireNews) February 8, 2024
“I’m attacked for being honest and saying the quiet part out loud – the part D.C. insiders only do in private,” Phillips had previously written. “But shame on all of you pretending everything is OK,’ he said. ‘You are leading us – and him – into a disaster, and you damn well know it.”
Hur’s 388-page report said the special counsel “uncovered evidence that President Biden willfully retained and disclosed classified materials after his vice presidency when he was a private citizen.”
However, getting a conviction based on Biden’s mental state would be difficult,” the report noted.
“We have also considered that, at trial, Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,” Hur wrote. “Based on our direct interactions with and observations of him, he is someone from whom many jurors will want to identify reasonable doubt. It would be difficult to convince a jury that they should convict him — by then a former president well into his eighties — of a serious felony that requires a mental state of willfulness.”
The report even provided multiple examples of the president’s memory failing him. The report’s highlights come during a week that Biden has been in the spotlight for multiple gaffes as he has mixed up the names of political leaders on more than one occasion.
The president essentially saw the report as a conclusion that he did nothing wrong.
“Bottom line is, a special counsel in my case decided against moving forward any charges, and this matter is now closed,” Biden said Thursday. “I’ll continue to do what I’ve always done — stay focused on my job like you do, of my job of being president.”
But Phillips is not budging on his view that Biden should drop out of the race.
In 2016, Joe Biden made the wrong decision by not running, and in 2024 he’s making the wrong decision by running.
It gives me angst, but someone in Washington has to be honest and say what the entire country knows.
Compare him at the 2016 convention (link below) to yesterday,… https://t.co/tryzhi6fsV
— Dean Phillips (@deanbphillips) February 7, 2024
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