The Hunter Biden Saga Is Not Going Away – The Hunter Biden saga will almost certainly continue for months and is more than likely to be the source of Republican attacks leading up to next year’s presidential election.
Hunter is now being subjected to a special counsel investigation into criminal wrongdoing, meaning further evidence may come to light and strengthen the Republican argument.
With his plea agreement all-but dead, President Joe Biden’s son will likely face trial at some point in the foreseeable future – not ideal when you’re trying to win a close election.
Democrats Stand Firm with Joe Biden
The public response from the White House has been consistent. “If you think about what Republicans in Congress have tried to do for years, they have been making claims and allegations about the president on this front over and over again. And month after month, year after year, they have been investigating every single angle of this and looking for any evidence to back their allegations,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said earlier this week.
“And what’s been the result of that, if you ask yourself what we have seen from that? They keep turning up documents and witnesses showing that the president wasn’t involved,” she added.
Democrats have also been supportive of the President, with some seeing the Hunter scandal as an opportunity to prove to voters that “no one is above the law.” Florida Democrat Rep. Jared Moskowitz told CNN that “if Hunter has done something beyond the tax issue and beyond the gun issue that deserves to be investigated.”
“That’s why you’re not hearing Democrats say that, you know, this is the weaponization of the Justice Department. No. We’re being consistent. When we say no one’s above the law when it comes to Donald Trump, we mean it even if it’s one of our own,” he added.
The Private Response
Of course, the private discussions behind closed doors may tell a different tale.
The Biden approach in seeing Hunter’s legal troubles as a separate, personal issue seems to have caused concern among some close to the President.
“Hunter Biden is not a topic of discussion in campaign meetings,” a senior aide told CNN. “It’s just not addressed.”
That may come as a surprise to some.
After all, Hunter’s name has been touted consistently by the Republican frontrunner in a trend which is likely to continue into next year.
Donald Trump reiterates that he’s the subject of a politically motivated criminal investigation, something that’s resonated with supporters.
If he wins the nomination, he’s unlikely to relinquish his view that the Department of Justice has protected the Biden family.
The President’s restraint from public commentary on Hunter may hold for now.
That said, one must assume private concern among Democrats will only grow if Biden keeps his lips sealed while his opponent launches repeated attacks in the lead-up to the election.
Shay Bottomley is a British journalist based in Canada. He has written for the Western Standard, Maidenhead Advertiser, Slough Express, Windsor Express, Berkshire Live and Southend Echo, and has covered notable events including the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
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