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Merrick Garland Defends Biden’s Mental Health in Congressional Testimony

Attorney General Merrick Garland defended President Joe Biden’s cognitive abilities during a House committee hearing on Tuesday. 

He reassured lawmakers that Biden is fit to carry out his presidential duties and that he has no signs of cognitive impairment. 

Garland’s statements came after a report by special counsel Robert Hur sparked concerns about Biden’s mental state. 

Although the report did not recommend any criminal charges, it made observations about the president’s cognitive abilities that raised concerns.

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Garland declined to comment on the specifics of Hur’s analysis but expressed his confidence in Biden’s mental fitness based on his personal interactions with the president. 

He praised Biden’s leadership skills and his effectiveness in leading the Department of Defense, Cabinet, and military.

When asked by Rep. Ben Cline, R-Va., about Biden’s cognitive abilities, Garland reiterated his support for the president and dismissed any insinuations of cognitive impairment. 

Despite Cline’s persistence, Garland emphasized his trust in Biden’s capabilities and refuted any characterization of the president’s mental state.

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In February, Hur suggested that it would be challenging to establish a criminal case against Biden for mishandling classified documents. 

Hur’s assessment highlighted moments of apparent confusion, including the timing of Beau Biden’s death in 2015, which might make Biden appear as a sympathetic figure with a poor memory.

Biden quickly refuted any implications of memory issues and expressed frustration over the portrayal of his mental acuity. 

The mention of personal matters, such as Beau Biden’s passing, intensified the president’s indignation regarding Hur’s evaluation.

While Garland’s appearance before the House committee primarily focused on the Justice Department’s budget request, his comments about Biden’s mental fitness added to the ongoing debates surrounding the president’s cognitive abilities. 

The broader discourse on leadership and accountability in the current administration remains an ongoing topic of discussion.

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