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Biden aides plot how to exploit special counsel transcripts to benefit Biden politically: Report
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Biden aides plot how to exploit special counsel transcripts to benefit Biden politically: Report

Biden administration officials are reportedly plotting how to use a transcript of President Joe Biden's interview with special counsel Robert Hur for the president's political benefit.

The plan contradicts Biden's promise to "bring transparency and truth back to government."

According to NBC News, Biden's top aides are expecting a "lengthy partisan clash over the transcript and possibly the audio recording" of Biden's five-hour interview with Hur.

To minimize political fallout — especially at a time when the majority of voters and Americans are concerned about Biden's age and mental acuity — the West Wing staff is even considering a "strategic" release of the transcript to highlight moments in the interview that they believe hide what many people believe is evidence of Biden's cognitive decline.

More from NBC News:

The internal discussions among Biden aides have focused on how the transcript of his interview might help him versus hurt him politically when it comes to voters’ concerns about his age, the people familiar with the discussions said.

Another consideration is whether it would make strategic sense to release the entire transcript or — to the extent that full disclosure is avoidable — to publicize specific moments in the interview to help push back on questions about Biden’s handling of classified materials or mental fitness, the people familiar with the discussions said.

The White House and Democrats have fiercely pushed back against Hur's description of Biden as an "elderly man with a poor memory," arguing the conclusion was unfair, politically motivated, and untrue. But no one in Biden's camp, including his personal attorney who sat through Biden's interview with Hur, has demanded to call for the release of the transcript.

Perhaps one reason is that the transcripts might contradict the narrative that Biden and the White House have tried to paint about the interview.

In one already-known instance, Biden publicly condemned Hur for allegedly asking about Beau Biden in the interview. But, according to NBC News, the transcripts show that Biden himself first mentioned his late son.

If the transcripts are released, it will not be anytime soon because of the lengthy process to redact classified information.

House Republicans, meanwhile, are demanding the transcripts and audio from the interview, asking the Justice Department to provide them by Feb. 19 — or be compelled to turn them over.

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Chris Enloe

Chris Enloe

Staff Writer

Chris is a staff writer for Blaze News. He resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. You can reach him at cenloe@blazemedia.com.
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