The GOP is once again using Hunter Biden to hammer the Biden administration.
This time, it is for omitting Hunter Biden's name from visitor logs and the Marine One passenger list.
There is no need to rehash how Hunter Biden is hurting Joe Biden right now, but that does not excuse the administration for purposely omitting Hunter Biden from travel and flight logs. That, however, is precisely what it appears the White House did. GOP officials noted that Hunter has been missing from White House logs, but he was also left off the passenger manifest for Marine One.
Now, family members are permitted to travel with the president, but they cannot do so for business purposes, and considering the fact that Hunter just held a press conference at the Capitol to defy a congressional subpoena, some ears are up on the right over this, and deservedly so.
The official House Republicans X account noted that Hunter Biden was seen exiting Marine One, even though he was not on the manifest, bringing to light the question of what other logs Hunter's name was omitted from during Joe Biden's time in office.
Fox News reports that Hunter Biden is currently at the White House after being spotted exiting Marine One.
He was not on the White House's passenger manifest.
What other manifests and visitor logs has Hunter Biden been left off of? pic.twitter.com/lnBnxdEZ9g
— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) December 19, 2023
Fox News White House correspondent Jacqui Heinrich reported:
"The White House may not have helped that the president is keeping far away from Hunter's local woes. We were all just watching the First Family's return from Delaware on Marine One, and my colleague Peter Doocy noticed someone hop off the chopper who was not on the passenger list the White House gave us: Hunter Biden.
"So, Hunter is apparently here at the White House after defying a Congressional subpoena while being indicted and facing a maximum of 17 years behind bars on financial crimes plus another 25 on the gun charges that he is facing."
When the White House was asked about the omission, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre responded:
"That's something that we've never done.
"This is the family. The family gets to travel with the president, and that's been the case with every other president, and so it's not something that we have done or we would be doing moving forward."
Now, generally speaking, this is not a big deal if they are traveling together for vacation or accompanying a president on an official state visit, but that is not the case here. We cannot help but wonder if Joe Biden flew Hunter into DC for his press conference where he defied the congressional subpoena, which, and I could be wrong here, would not be considered "family" travel but rather business travel.
To make matters worse, Hunter broke the law by defying the congressional subpoena, which would technically make Joe Biden an accessory if he knew that was Hunter's plan, and the White House has already hinted that Joe Biden was aware of Hunter's plans not to show up for the closed-door hearing.
Not being a legal expert, I would love have to have someone like Jonathan Turley address this very specific question regarding the possible criminal implications for Joe Biden in the above scenario.