Sen. Jon Tester: Hunter Biden’s Guilty Plea Could Impact President Biden’s 2024 Election Chances
Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) expressed concerns on Thursday that Hunter Biden’s recent deal to plead guilty to federal tax and gun charges could potentially harm President Joe Biden’s chances in the 2024 general election.
The Justice Department revealed in a court filing on Tuesday that President Biden’s son had agreed to plead guilty to two counts of “willful failure to pay” his federal income taxes. Additionally, Hunter Biden would enter a “pretrial diversion agreement” regarding the possession of a firearm as an unlawful user of a controlled substance.
When asked by reporters outside the Senate chamber about the potential impact of this deal on the upcoming election, Tester responded, “I don’t know. I mean, I think anything could be made into a liability in elections. Look, to be honest with you, I don’t think it helps him.”
Investigation and Charges
The limited charges against Hunter Biden were brought by U.S. Attorney David Weiss of Delaware, following whistleblower allegations of politicization within the Justice Department’s investigation. Despite these allegations, President Biden maintains that his son has done nothing wrong. In a press release issued on Tuesday, Weiss’s office stated that Hunter Biden had been charged with “two misdemeanor tax offenses and a felony firearm offense,” while emphasizing that the investigation is still ongoing.
Republicans have long argued that Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine and China may involve crimes related to foreign lobbying or money laundering. However, they assert that the new charges do not support these claims.
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President Biden’s Response
President Biden has consistently denied any wrongdoing and maintains that he has never been involved in his son’s ventures. White House Counsel’s Office spokesman Ian Sams told reporters on Tuesday that the president and first lady Jill Biden “love their son and support him as he continues to rebuild his life. We will have no further comment.”
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