Politics is often pathetic, but there’s still a good deal of pettiness in making Attorney General Garland take the fall for Special Counsel Hur’s report in which he described Biden’s serious memory problems.
Joe Biden has told aides and outside advisers that Attorney General Merrick Garland did not do enough to rein in a special counsel report stating that the president had diminished mental faculties, according to two people close to the president, as White House frustration with the head of the Justice Department grows.
Biden and his closest advisers believe Hur went well beyond his purview and was gratuitous and misleading in his descriptions, according to those two people, who were granted anonymity to speak freely. And they put part of the blame on Garland, who they say should have demanded edits to Hur’s report, including around the descriptions of Biden’s faltering memory.
At which point Congress would have demanded the release of the unedited report making this an even bigger scandal, but Biden is angry at Attorney General Garland for not doing enough to cover up his memory problems and his son’s illegalities.
While Biden himself has not weighed in on Garland’s future, most of the president’s senior advisers do not believe that the attorney general would remain in his post for a possible second term, according to the two people.
“This has been building for a while,” said one of those people. “No one is happy”
By now one, they mean Biden.
Last year, Biden privately denounced how long the probe into his son was taking, telling aides and outside allies that he believed the stress could send Hunter Biden spiraling back into addiction, according to the same two people. And the elder Biden, the people said, told those confidants that Garland should not have eventually empowered a special counsel to look into his son, believing that he again was caving to outside pressure.
In recent weeks, President Biden has grumbled to aides and advisers that had Garland moved sooner in his investigation into former President Donald Trump’s election interference, a trial may already be underway or even have concluded, according to two people granted anonymity to discuss private matters. That trial still could take place before the election and much of the delay is owed not to Garland but to deliberate resistance put up by the former president and his team.
All that “grumbling” add up to materials for impeachment.
Biden isn’t angry at AG Garland because crime is high or some other general policy issue but because…
1. AG Garland didn’t move fast enough to prosecute his opponent
2. AG Garland didn’t protect his son from a special counsel investigation
3. AG Garland appointed a special counsel to investigate him
The media is reporting this stuff as it were routine politics when if a Republican, especially one named Trump, were doing this, it would be absolutely grounds for impeachment.