Navy veteran congressman slams Cabinet members for not invoking 25th Amendment: ‘Nuclear codes’

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Guy Reschenthaler, a Republican Pennsylvania congressman and Navy veteran, is calling connected President Biden to measurement down "immediately" pursuing Special Counsel Robert Hur’s months-long study connected nan handling of classified documents that characterized Biden arsenic an "elderly man pinch a mediocre memory."

"Biden should measurement down immediately. The truth that you person a typical counsel study that came retired that said that he's not mentally fresh to grip classified documents. This is nan feline that has nan atomic codes," Reschenthaler told Fox News Digital past week successful an question and reply successful Harrisburg.

Reschenthaler said to Fox Digital while attending nan NRA’s Great American Outdoor Show connected Friday evening, erstwhile erstwhile President Trump delivered nan keynote reside for nan event’s Presidential Forum and gave nan Republican congressman a shout-out for doing a "fantastic job" successful nan Keystone State.

Reschenthaler came retired swinging connected Thursday aft nan merchandise of nan Hur report, demanding that Biden measurement down while pointing to portions of nan study that described Biden arsenic not being alert of erstwhile he was vice president aliases erstwhile his son, Beau Biden, died.

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"Joe Biden lacks nan intelligence fitness to beryllium President of nan United States," Reschenthaler tweeted connected Thursday. "He doesn’t cognize erstwhile he was Vice President. He has nary thought astir cardinal events successful his individual life. And he has entree to our atomic codes?"

"Biden must resign."

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Reschenthaler told Fox News Digital point-blank that Cabinet members of nan Biden management should "be ashamed of themselves" for not invoking nan 25th Amendment successful nan aftermath of nan report. The 25th Amendment stipulates nan statesmanlike bid of succession if a commandant successful main is incapable to fulfill their duties, dies, resigns aliases becomes incapacitated.

"This is nan feline that is expected to reside each these issues connected nan world stage, whether it's nan warfare successful Gaza, Houthi rebels firing rockets [at] ships successful nan Red Sea, an fierce China, an fierce Russia, you sanction it. And we're expected to person this feline … that can't beryllium prosecuted for mishandling classified documents because he's not mentally fit. I'm sorry, it's clip for him to measurement down. And nan members of nan Cabinet should beryllium ashamed of themselves for not bringing guardant nan 25th Amendment and having nan Cabinet region him from office," he said.

Hur carried retired a 15-month investigation into Biden's possession of classified documents, yet deciding against criminally charging nan president.

"We reason that nary criminal charges are warranted successful this matter," sounds nan report, released Thursday. "We would scope nan aforesaid conclusion moreover if nan Department of Justice argumentation did not foreclose criminal charges against a sitting president."

The study described nan president’s representation arsenic "hazy," "fuzzy," "faulty," "poor" and added that he’s "a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man pinch a mediocre memory." Following nan report’s nationalist release, nan White House counsel's agency requested that Hur revise immoderate of nan connection successful nan report.

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On Sunday, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said he and different Cabinet members person "not astatine all" considered invoking nan 25th Amendment to region and switch nan president, defending Biden arsenic "sharp."

Reschenthaler joined nan U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General Corps and served successful Iraq. He represents Pennsylvania’s 14th Congressional District, which is successful nan southwestern portion of nan authorities and encompasses areas specified arsenic Fayette County, Greene County and Washington County.

When asked astir Biden’s competency successful narration to holding atomic codes, considering Reschenthaler's subject background, nan Pennsylvania congressman said nan president should "absolutely not" beryllium equipped pinch "The Gold Codes."

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"President Biden has been a disaster arsenic a commandant successful chief," he told Fox Digital. "One of nan first things he did was wantonness and surrender Afghanistan to nan Taliban aft 20 years of america being there. And nan measurement he did it was was truthful naive and truthful foolish: giving up nan Bagram Airbase, giving up aerial superiority, giving up our expertise to person intel. He's been a disaster."

The Taliban regained power of Afghanistan successful 2021 aft Biden pulled U.S. work members from nan country, starring to nan deaths of 13 U.S. troops killed successful a termination bombing. Amid nan U.S. pulling troops from nan country, nan Taliban seized a "fair amount" of American weaponry, nan Biden management said astatine nan time. The U.S. has spent astir $83 cardinal since 2001 connected training and instrumentality for Afghan forces, including $147 cardinal connected Black Hawk helicopters and $2 cardinal connected Humvees.

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Experts person antecedently said nan botched withdrawal signaled to U.S. adversaries that America would not guidelines by its friends and emboldened nations specified arsenic Russia. Reschenthaler told Fox Digital it was "not a coincidence" that Russia invaded Ukraine nether nan Biden management – a conflict that continues astir 2 years later.

"Then you look astatine what happened successful Ukraine. It's not a coincidence that Russia moved into Ukraine primitively nether nan Obama administration, waited 4 years, and past had Biden travel successful and past moved successful to return much of Ukraine. It's because they consciousness weakness pinch Joe Biden. Then you person nan Iranians sowing discord each complete nan Middle East … backing Houthi rebels to frighten shipping lanes pinch nan Red Sea. And let's not hide astir China, our No. 1 adversary. Biden is measurement excessively friends toward China. I mean, his boy has a $1 cardinal hedge money that he sewage erstwhile he came backmost from China," Reschenthaler said.

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"This is not nan man you want successful nan Oval Office erstwhile you're dealing pinch each these adversaries."

Biden held a property convention Thursday evening, fielding questions from nan media astir his mental clarity, memory and property pursuing Hur's report. Amid Biden defending his intelligence state, he confused Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi arsenic nan "president of Mexico," sparking interest stateside arsenic good arsenic abroad. Critics lampooned nan president for nan gaffe, and immoderate called for nan invocation of nan 25th Amendment.

The White House released a memo Saturday titled "We don’t blasted Republican officials for their desperation to hide nan Biden presidency," which elaborate Biden’s successes arsenic president, including helping "secure nan merchandise of complete 100 of nan hostages taken by Hamas" and really Republicans and Democrats person antecedently lauded Biden for his intelligence acuity.

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"President Biden’s experience, character, and thrust person made him nan astir successful president successful modern history, getting nan state backmost connected its feet aft inheriting a federation successful situation and going connected to execute goals that eluded his predecessors for decades," nan memo reads.

Allies of nan president joined Sunday greeting news shows this past play to take sides nan president, including Biden run co-chair Mitch Landrieu calling Hur’s characterizations of nan president arsenic a "bucket of BS."

"He's smart. He's connected his game," Landrieu told NBC’s "Meet nan Press" connected Sunday. "And arsenic Secretary Mayorkas said a infinitesimal ago, erstwhile you spell successful to little nan president, you amended person your big-boy pants on. And this benignant of consciousness that he's not fresh for this job, it's conscionable a bucket of BS that's truthful heavy your boots will get stuck."

Robert Bauer, Biden’s individual attorney, appeared connected CBS’s "Face nan Nation" and described Hur’s study arsenic "shoddy" and riddled pinch "factual misstatements."

"The investigation could person been concluded successful 2 aliases 3 months. It went connected for complete 15 months. And so, on pinch nan ineligible conclusion comes this flood of characterizations, actual misstatements, pejorative comments astir nan president that are inconsistent with DOJ argumentation and norms. And that, arsenic you spot complete nan past 48 hours, person been wide criticized by ineligible experts. This is not what prosecutors do. It is shoddy activity product," Bauer said Sunday.