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Hunter Biden Should Prepare for the Worst

Hunter Biden via YouTube screenshot.
Hunter Biden via YouTube screenshot.

The war on Hunter Biden has begun: With the news that former President Donald Trump has been indicted in Manhattan, expect Republicans to turn up the heat on Hunter Biden in an attempt to pivot.

It won’t just be the House Oversight Committee, who is actively investigating Hunter Biden, who works the pivot; the pivot will come from Trump himself – as demonstrated in a late-night flurry of posting on Truth Social a few days back.

Trump Goes After Hunter Biden

“WHERE’s HUNTER?” Trump posted at 3am ET, the night after being indicted.

While most of Trump’s late-night posting related to the indictment (“They only brought this Fake, Corrupt, and Disgraceful Charge against me because I stand with the American People, and they know that I cannot get a fair trial in New York!”), his jab at Hunter Biden speaks to his mindset and to a likely upcoming push from Republicans to bring Hunter Biden back into the spotlight.

Keeping focused on Hunter 

Conservative media will likely play their part, too.

Fox News dropped a Hunter Biden-centric exclusive report yesterday, for example, that seemed pretty thin. ‘Republicans react after learning Hunter Biden associate frequented White House: ‘Will be under strict review’’ the headline announced.

“House Republicans say a new Fox News Digital report revealing that Hunter Biden’s former business partner frequented the White House more than a dozen times when President Biden was vice president presents further evidence against the Biden family and the investigation into whether they sold White House access to foreign adversaries,”

Fox reported. I’m listening – but that’s pretty soft evidence.

Actually, it’s not evidence at all, although it may be a suggestion of evidence to come. Regardless, the GOP seems to be running with it.

“It’s no surprise that another Biden family associate frequently visited the Obama-Biden White House,” Representative James Comer, who is running the House Oversight Committee’s investigation into Hunter Biden, said. “We already know that another associate visited the White House almost 30 times when Joe Biden was Vice President. This is more evidence showing the Biden family enterprise entered around Joe Biden’s political career. Americans deserve answers about he Biden family’s business schemes, and we will keep pressing for transparency and accountability.”

Motivates behind Hunter Biden investigation

As I’ve written before, here on 19FortyFive, I’m skeptical as to the GOP’s motives in investigating Hunter.

I do find myself wondering: are the Republicans expecting to find evidence of legitimate wrongdoing, perhaps something that compromised US national security, or violated some facet of political-business ethics?

Or are the ongoing efforts to nab Hunter Biden politically motivated, a roundabout way to damage Joe Biden’s presidency?

My hunch is that the investigation stems from a politically motivated, rather than a national security or ethically motivated place.

Revenge Politics 

To be fair, even if Republicans are investigating Hunter Biden for political reasons (which would be a tremendous waste of taxpayer resources), Republicans are reciprocating the manner in which Democrats handled the Donald Trump presidency.

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Democrats spent years going after Trump, who, although likely corrupt, received an unusual amount of attention (i.e., two impeachments, the January 6th investigation, etc.) Which of course provides the backdrop against which Trump has just been indicted; when he’s not pushing attention off on Hunter you can be certain Trump will frame the Manhattan indictment as the next step in a witch-hunt that has been unfolding for years.

Harrison Kass is the Senior Editor at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, Harrison joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison holds a BA from Lake Forest College, a JD from the University of Oregon, and an MA from New York University. Harrison listens to Dokken.

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Harrison Kass is a Senior Defense Editor at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, he joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison has degrees from Lake Forest College, the University of Oregon School of Law, and New York University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. He lives in Oregon and regularly listens to Dokken.