The Unending Malignancy of the Trump Presidency

How are we supposed to judge the partisan cheap shot taken by the special counsel in Joe Biden’s classified documents case?

Sheldon Clay
ILLUMINATION
Published in
3 min readFeb 14, 2024

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The most important fact in the special counsel’s 300-page report on Joe Biden’s mishandling of classified documents might not be the relatively straightforward finding that the president committed no crime. Nor even the special counsel’s gratuitous attack on the president’s age — he put his thumb firmly on the scale in favor of the Trump campaign by describing Biden as a “well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.”

The big problem is that Robert K. Hur served in Donald Trump’s Justice Department before getting appointed to the special counsel role by Attorney General Merrick Garland. As with so many Trump appointees that continue to plague our justice system, we’re left with a fundamental problem. We can’t trust him. We can’t trust his motivations. We can’t trust him to be impartial. Even if Mr. Hur’s conclusions were accurate and germane to the case, even if his language hadn’t veered so far from the sort of clinical succinctness you’d expect in a legal document, there will be the suspicion he’s a political hack doing a solid for his corrupt former boss.

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Sheldon Clay
ILLUMINATION

Writer. Observer of mass culture, communications and creativity.