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Easy Way To Resolve Disputes Over Biden's Memory

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Interviews With Biden Were Recorded, So Why Not Make Them Public

WASHINGTON - eTradeWire -- In an effort to try to justify declining to charge President Joe Biden with regard to his admitted retention of classified documents, special counsel Robert K. Hur has indicated that the president has serious memory problems - "diminished faculties" and "significant limitations" - and has provided a number of specific examples from Biden's own interviews.

Yet many of Biden's defenders, and Biden, have seemingly denied any such memory lapses, and argue that the examples provided in the report of Biden's alleged problems of remembering specific facts are not only gratuitous but false and politically motivated.

Fortunately there is a way to help resolve these conflicting claims, notes public interest law professor John Banzhaf.

All that is required to prove or disprove the specific allegations that, during the interviews, Biden did not remember when he was vice president, when his term began, when his son Beau died, etc., would be for the recordings of the interviews to be made public.

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It seems clear that Biden's DoJ interviews were recorded.  It also has been reported that most of the additional recordings Biden made with his ghostwriter, Mark Zwonitzer, have been recovered.

Thus a major step in helping to make sense of the conflicting claims regarding Biden's memory of specific facts, and of possibly "diminished faculties" (e.g., difficulty in conducting basic conversations) would be for the recordings to be made public.

Most voters do have experience dealing with some older relatives and/or friends who have exhibited cognitive problems, and with those who have not.

This is first hand experience they can use to help make their own judgements, and not be forced to decide between a report which some claim is biased against the President, and a competing picture painted by his many defenders who vouch for his memory and mental faculties.

Voters may also gain an important insight into this controversy by observing which side - if either in the debate (including major media outlets) - pushes for the public release of the recordings to help resolve it, and if any side resists and tries to throw up roadblocks to the release, suggests Banzhaf.

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Since Biden's age and mental competency have emerged as the major issue in his bid to be re-elected president, it seems that the recordings themselves - and not the claims made in the report, and/or the conflicting arguments now being made by others - should be the primary source upon which voters should rely in deciding this key issue.

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Source: Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
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