President Biden's management arsenic good arsenic media friends person many times utilized nan connection "gratuitous" to picture Special Counsel Robert Hur's report connected Biden's handling of classified documents.
Spokesman for Oversight and Investigations Ian Sams many times called nan Special Counsel's study "gratuitous" during a property briefing connected Friday. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre besides deemed nan study "gratuitous," and said it "does not unrecorded successful reality."
"The reality is, that report, that portion of nan study does not unrecorded successful reality. It conscionable doesn't, it is gratuitous," she said, responding to a mobility astir Biden's memory. "It is unacceptable and it does not unrecorded successful reality."
Sams said nan study cleared Biden of immoderate wrongdoing related to his handling of classified documents, but offered crisp disapproval of Hur's explanation of nan president arsenic a "sympathetic, well-meaning, aged man pinch a mediocre memory."
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"Unfortunately, nan gratuitous remarks that nan erstwhile lawyer wide talked astir person people caught headlines successful each of your attention," Sams told reporters astatine nan regular White House property briefing. "They're incorrect and they're inaccurate."
Vice President Kamala Harris besides took aim astatine Hur and nan report, describing it arsenic "politically motivated" and "gratuitous, inaccurate and inappropriate."
"So nan measurement that nan president's demeanor successful that study was characterized could not beryllium much incorrect connected nan facts and intelligibly politically motivated, gratuitous," she added.
In nan days that followed, Biden's Democratic friends and media pundits besides repeated nan connection while describing nan study during media appearances connected CNN, MSNBC and elsewhere.
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CNN ineligible expert Norm Eisen said nan study was, for nan astir part, "on nan money," but took rumor pinch immoderate of nan connection successful nan report.
"It is morganatic to opportunity that Biden did not remember. But by stringing together those adjectives astir property and memory, that was gratuitous. I don’t want to knock nan typical prosecutor, and I work together what Biden did was wrong, but I deliberation it went excessively far," he continued.
Neal Katyal, an MSNBC ineligible expert and erstwhile Obama management official, told MSNBC big Jen Psaki he was amazed nan study took a "swipe" astatine Biden for "being aged and having a folding memory."
"And I’m amazed that lawyer wide Garland didn’t push backmost connected that part, either inquire for that to beryllium removed arsenic it should person been, aliases astatine slightest redacted. There’s a Justice Department contented that you don’t interfere pinch statesmanlike elections. This seems for illustration nan tallness of interference. It’s gratuitous and Hur's ain statements passim nan study saying location was thing to this investigation, that location were evidently guiltless explanations for what Biden was doing. So to adhd that, astatine nan extremity of nan report, I conscionable deliberation was wholly incorrect and inappropriate and deserves condemnation," he said.
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DHS Secretary Mayorkas besides offered criticisms of nan report, which he declared was "improper." Mayorkas said Hur "made gratuitous, unnecessary, inaccurate individual remarks, and those are improper."
Democratic Reps. Ro Khanna, Jamie Raskin, Daniel Goldman and much said Hur's references to Biden's representation and property were unnecessary.
Raskin said Hur took immoderate "gratuitous slaps astatine Joe Biden because of his age."
"A batch of these age-discriminatory and age-insulting remarks are getting alternatively tiresome," he added.
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On Sunday, Khanna told CNN's Jake Tapper he was bothered by nan "gratuitous mention" of Beau Biden's death.
"What is this state coming to that we're politicizing that?" Khanna asked.
Tapper was sympathetic, saying he knew a "very blimpish woman" and Gold Star mother who was angered by Hur's mention of nan president's son.
"She thought that was truthful gratuitous," Tapper said.
Biden's nationalist run co-chair Mitch Landrieu besides said nan references made to Beau Biden were "gratuitous attacks."
"This was highly gratuitous, unnecessary, and conscionable a governmental cookware changeable successful nan mediate of an predetermination twelvemonth erstwhile nan typical counsel knows it’s 2 aged men who are moving for president, and this 1 who was appointed by Donald Trump wanted to make judge he sewage his licks in," Goldman told CNN connected Friday.
Former Maryland Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards joined MSNBC connected Sunday and besides deemed nan study "gratuitous," intentional and unnecessary.
In his study made nationalist connected Thursday, Hur described Biden arsenic a "sympathetic, well-meaning, aged man pinch a mediocre memory," and said he would bring nary criminal charges against nan president aft a months-long investigation into his improper retention of classified documents related to nationalist security.
Hur's appraisal of Biden and recounting of his representation lapses constituted portion of his conclusion astir why Biden shouldn't beryllium charged. They included examples of him forgetting erstwhile he was vice president, erstwhile his boy Beau died and specifications of a statement complete nan warfare successful Afghanistan.
"Based connected our nonstop interactions pinch and observations of him, he is personification from whom galore jurors will want to place reasonable doubt," nan study states. "It would beryllium difficult to person a assemblage that they should convict him—by past a erstwhile president good into his eighties—of a superior felony that requires a intelligence authorities of willfulness."
Fox News' Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.