First Thing: Biden comes out fighting after report questions his memory

‘My memory is fine,’ president tells reporters in testy exchanges over special counsel investigation. Plus, Tucker Carlson meets Putin

Good morning.

President Joe Biden came out swinging last night, saying “my memory is fine” in prickly exchanges with the press pack, after a report from the justice department questioned his ability to remember key events and facts.

What did Biden do? Sensitive records were found in 2022 and 2023 at Biden’s Delaware home and at a private office. Some were seen by a writer working on Biden’s memoir.

What did Hur say about Biden’s mental state? Hur claimed that in an interview last year, Biden’s “fuzzy” and “faulty” memory saw him struggle to recall important episodes in his personal and professional life, including when his son Beau died.

How did Biden respond? “How in the hell dare he raise that?” he said about Hur’s comments relating to his son. Asked by the media why at the age of 81 he planned to run for re-election against Donald Trump, 77, Biden said: “Because I’m the most qualified person in this country to be president of the United States and finish the job I started.”

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