Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips says Biden ‘cannot continue to serve’ past first term

Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota, who is seeking to challenge President Joe Biden for the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination, said that the special counsel report released on Thursday demonstrates that the president cannot remain in office for a second term, according to Fox News Digital.

“It’s another sad day for America and particularly for President Biden and his family,” Phillips told the outlet. “While President Biden ‘willfully retained and disclosed classified materials,’ the Special Counsel elected not to prosecute him because a jury would likely not convict a ‘well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.'”

“The Report simply affirms what most Americans already know, that the President cannot continue to serve as our Commander-in-Chief beyond his term ending January 20, 2025. Already facing the lowest approval numbers in modern history and losing in each of the key battleground states, this Report has all but handed the 2024 election to Donald Trump if Joe Biden is the Democratic nominee — and I invite fellow Democrats to face the truth,” Phillips noted, according to the outlet.

The executive summary of the report stated that, “Our investigation uncovered evidence that President Biden willfully retained and disclosed classified materials after his vice presidency when he was a private citizen,” but noted that “we conclude that the evidence does not establish Mr. Biden’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Biden has been on a glide path toward easily clinching his party’s presidential nod, but Phillips has been sounding the alarm.

“In 2016, Joe Biden made the wrong decision by not running, and in 2024 he’s making the wrong decision by running,” Phillips recently tweeted. “Compare him at the 2016 convention (link below) to yesterday, and then think 5 years into the future…”

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