Ex-Clinton adviser says he ‘wet the bed’ over special counsel report on Biden classified docs scandal

NEWS: Ex-Clinton adviser says he ‘wet the bed’ over special counsel report on Biden classified docs scandal


Paul Begala, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton, joked Friday that he “wet the bed” over the findings in Special Counsel Robert Hur’s scathing report on President Biden’s handling of classified documents.

“Look, I’m a Biden supporter. And I slept like a baby last night. I woke up every two hours and wet the bed,” the Democratic strategist quipped during an appearance on CNN. 

Hur’s bombshell report asserts that Biden, 81, “willfully retained and disclosed classified materials” but should not face criminal charges, in part because a jury may view the president as an “elderly man with a poor memory.”

“This is terrible for Democrats. And anybody with a functioning brain knows that,” Begala said of the 388-page report, released Thursday. 


Begala argued that Biden should focus on attacking Trump rather than trying to prove that his memory isn’t failing him. Politico

After the report dropped, Biden lashed out at reporters and the Republican special counsel in remarks delivered at the White House, during which he declared, “I know what the hell I’m doing” and “my memory is fine.”

Begala, the former chief strategist for the 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign, argued that Biden should have taken a different tact. 

“Instead of calling a press conference and saying, ‘I really am sharp,’ you attack the other guy,” he explained.  

“I remember he was vice president and he said, ‘Don’t compare us to the Almighty, compare us to the alternative.’ So, everything with Biden has to be not ‘I am great,’ but ‘the other guy’s really damaging, dangerous, a threat.’”


Joe Biden
The special counsel wrote that Biden’s “memory appeared hazy” when he interviewed the president last October. MICHAEL REYNOLDS/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

“This is gonna be a really rough, ugly, unpleasant campaign,” Begala predicted of the expected general election rematch between Biden and former President Donald Trump. 

“They gotta tell Democrats, ‘Look, vote for the old guy, support the old guy, it’s important,’” he said of what the Biden campaign’s approach should be. 

Beglala also suggested that Biden should make more public remarks leading up to November, despite his proneness to gaffes.

“I want to see more Joe Biden – the gaffes are built in,” he argued. “But instead of simply saying, ‘I’m okay,’ he just simply needs to be on the attack – 24/7 for the next 269 days.” 



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