The Justice Department rejected efforts by President Joe Biden’s lawyers to omit critical language about his age and memory in a report released last week by special counsel Robert Hur, sources confirmed to ABC News.

Four people familiar with the matter authenticated a series of correspondence first described in a report published Thursday by the New York Times.

On February 7, Ed Siskel and Bob Bauer, the president’s lawyers, wrote to Attorney General Merrick Garland, complaining that the report’s details of the president’s recollections during an interview with investigators “openly, blatantly and blatantly violate the policy of the president.” department and practice,” the letters show.

PHOTO: President Joe Biden delivers a speech urging Congress to pass the Emergency Homeland Security Supplemental Appropriations Act in the State Dining Room of the White House, February 6, 2024.

President Joe Biden delivers a speech urging Congress to pass the Emergency Homeland Security Supplemental Appropriations Act in the State Dining Room of the White House, February 6, 2024.

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Bradley Weinsheimer, a senior Justice Department official, responded the next day that “the language identified is neither gratuitous nor unduly prejudicial because it is not offered to criticize or demean the president; rather, it is offered to explain special counsel Hur’s conclusions.” about the president’s decision. state of mind when possessing and retaining classified information.

The special counsel’s 388-page report ultimately included damning characterizations of the president’s mental acuity, calling him an “old man with a bad memory,” who couldn’t remember when his term as vice president ended or when his son, Beau, died.

“We conclude that no criminal charges are warranted in this matter,” Hur’s report says. “We would conclude the same thing even if there were no policy against impeachment against a sitting president.”

This was despite the special counsel “uncovering evidence that President Biden intentionally withheld and disclosed classified information after his vice presidency when he was a private citizen,” according to the report.

The president’s critics pounced on those proclamations to score political points, calling the special counsel’s findings further evidence that Biden is unfit for office.

Americans overwhelmingly consider Biden too old to serve another term, according to a recent ABC News/Ipsos poll.

After the release of Hur’s report, Siskel and Bauer responded to Weinsheimer’s letter: “We fundamentally disagree with your assessment that the comments contained in Special Counsel Hur’s report were consistent with Department policy and practice.” , they wrote. “Surely they weren’t.”

PHOTO: In this Nov. 21, 2019, file photo, U.S. Attorney Robert Hur arrives at U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

In this Nov. 21, 2019, file photo, U.S. Attorney Robert Hur arrives at U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

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Biden himself criticized the details of the report. Speaking to reporters at the White House on the night of his launch, Biden said, “I know what I’m doing.”

Hur is scheduled to testify about the report before Congress on March 12, ABC News reported Thursday. It comes after House Republicans requested testimony from him earlier this week, in addition to requests for audio recordings and transcripts related to the Hur investigation.

By Sam