The White House is reportedly frustrated with Attorney General Merrick Garland, with sources telling Politico that Biden believes the official should be put on the job following the release of special counsel Robert Hur’s report Control Biden before his reporting harms his mental acuity.
Politico Producers Jonathan Lemire and Sam Stein publish report On Friday, it stated, “Joe Biden told aides and outside advisers that Attorney General Merrick Garland did not do enough to rein in the special counsel’s report, according to two people close to the president. Claiming the president’s mental faculties have declined.”
The two producers spoke candidly about Biden’s displeasure with the report – which did clear him of wrongdoing in his own classified documents case – but included a description of his “poor memory.” , which caught the attention of his administration, Democrats and supporters. Biden spoke out in the media in an effort to do damage control.
“According to the two people, who spoke on condition of anonymity, Biden and his closest advisers believed that Hull’s characterization was well outside the scope of his authority and that his characterization was gratuitous and misleading,” the producers said. Sexual.” They added that the government was placing “some of the blame” on Garland.
Attorney General appoints Hool special advisor Investigating President Biden’s handling of classified documents from the Obama administration more than a year ago.
When a second batch of documents was discovered in the garage of Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, the case evolved from a mere review into a full-blown special counsel investigation. The first documents were discovered at the Washington offices of the Biden Center think tank in Pennsylvania. .
Garland noted at the time that “the special prosecutor will not be subject to day-to-day supervision by any official within the department, but he must abide by the department’s rules, procedures and policies.”
As Politico producers added, Biden and his advisers said Garland “should have asked for redactions of Hull’s report, including a description of Biden’s poor memory.”
The administration was so frustrated with Garland that “most of the president’s top advisers did not believe the attorney general would remain in office for a potential second term,” according to two producers.
A source told the outlet, “This has been going on for a while. No one is happy.”
Reporters pointed to other growing points of friction between Biden and Garland, one of which is the length of the special counsel’s investigation into Hunter Biden.
“Last year, Biden privately decried how long the investigation into his son took, telling aides and outside allies that he believed the pressure could lead to Hunter Biden The source told producers, adding that the president told close friends that “Garland ultimately should not have authorized the special counsel to investigate his son because he believed he was once again giving in to outside pressure.”
Additionally, they said Biden was annoyed that Garland was moving too slowly to investigate former President Trump.
“In recent weeks, President Biden has complained to aides and advisers that Garland would have acted more quickly in the investigation into former President Donald Trump’s election interference,” the producers wrote, according to two people who spoke on condition of anonymity. The trial may already be in progress or even concluded, sources said, discussing private matters. “
Neither the White House nor the Justice Department immediately responded to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
Fox News Digital’s Anders Hagstrom contributed to this report.