The investigation into Joe Biden’s mishandling of classified information has finally concluded and Attorney General Merrick Garland now has the report in hand.
Biden has decided not to ask for redactions in the report, so it is being released in full to the American people and the media.
As was expected, the report did not recommend filing charges, but one of the reasons why is creating quite a buzz right now.
No Charges, But…
Joe Biden chose to latch on to the conclusion rather than the reasoning why in the report.
Special Counsel Robert Hur wrote, "We conclude that no criminal charges are warranted in this matter.
"We would reach the same conclusion even if the Department of Justice policy did not foreclose criminal charges against a sitting president."
However, one of the reasons that he gave for not filing charges was Biden’s mental state and how he presented himself during the interviews.
On that, Hur wrote, "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.
"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 White House is now claiming that the Special Counsel was biased and had no right to include that in his report.
The right has attacked this position, stating that it is now the Cabinet’s responsibility to invoke the 25th Amendment to have Biden removed from office.
So, the conspiracy theorists have already started to chime in that this is how Democrats will remove Biden from the ballot.
From my perspective, Joe Biden is the best possible candidate in the race for Republicans to win the White House right now, so I would not be so quick to invoke the 25th just yet.
If it were me leading the party, I would definitely highlight that aspect of the ruling, but I would save the 25th Amendment for after the election.