Joe Biden 'Needs to Be Removed' After 'Alarming' Report Describes Him as ‘Elderly Man With a Poor Memory,' GOP Says
By Jace Dela Cruz
Feb 09, 2024 08:21 AM EST
Feb 09, 2024 08:21 AM EST
A Republican lawmaker has called for the 25th Amendment to be invoked to remove President Joe Biden from office after the release of the Special Counsel's report that cleared him of any wrongdoing but depicted him as an elderly man with a failing memory.
According to The Hill," Rep. Claudia Tenney, a New York Republican, wrote to Attorney General Merrick Garland to share her "grave concerns following Special Counsel Robert Hur's "alarming" report about Joe Biden.
Fox News reported Thursday evening that it had obtained the letter of Tenney, who asked Garland to explore invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.
While Hur did not recommend charging the 81-year-old president, he described him as an "elderly man with a poor memory." Hur's 388-page report has cited numerous examples of Biden forgetting certain facts, like what years he was vice president and when his son Beau died.
Hur's extensive report delved into Biden's handling of classified materials, particularly documents from his tenure as vice president found at his Delaware residence and former office space.
"After concluding that President Biden knowingly and willfully removed, mishandled, and disclosed classified documents repeatedly over a period of decades, Mr. Hur nevertheless recommended that charges not be brought against him... Special Counsel's reasoning was alarming," Tenney's letter said.
In her letter, Claudia Tenney said if Joe Biden was not "mentally competent to stand trial," he "most seemingly lacks the ability to execute his presidential responsibilities," adding that the Constitution has a remedy for an incapacitated president.
"So it is incumbent upon you to explore proceedings to remove the President pursuant to the 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution... President Biden needs to be charged, or he needs to be removed... There is no middle ground," Tenney wrote to Garland.
She also argued that the Justice Department not charging former President Donald Trump because "he has mental acuity and a forceful personality" and Biden "because of his cognitive decline" raised ethical concerns.
"We don't prosecute or decline to prosecute people based on their personalities, or on the public's anticipated perception of them... If Special Counsel finds that the evidence forms a reasonable basis to bring charges, he must do so," Tenney noted.
The lawmaker also cited the president's age as she suggested his inability to fulfill presidential duties effectively. The 25th Amendment, ratified following President Kennedy's assassination, outlines procedures for replacing the president in instances of death, removal, resignation, or incapacitation.
Republican senators Rick Scott, Mike Lee, and Josh Hawley and representatives Mary Miller, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Mike Collins posted separately on X, also calling for the 25th Amendment to be invoked to remove Biden from office.
On Thursday, Biden angrily pushed back at the special counsel's report, saying, "I'm well-meaning and I'm an elderly man, and I know what the hell I'm doing. I've been president. I put this country back on its feet. I don't need his recommendation."
"My memory's fine... Take a look at what I've done since I became president. How did that happen? I guess I just forgot what was going on," he added sarcastically.
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