Joe Biden Tangled Up In Hunter Biden Indictment

By Robert Cunningham, updated on December 8, 2023

In a politically charged development, a grand jury in California's Central District has brought a significant indictment against Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden.

Hunter Biden has been implicated in a four-year tax evasion scheme, casting a long shadow over President Biden's previous assertions about his son's foreign business activities.

The detailed indictment alleges a four-year-long tax evasion scheme. Accusations are now rife that Hunter Biden failed to pay taxes on over $1.4 million in income from 2016 to 2019. This development can raise the political temperature in the capital, particularly for President Biden.

Political Implications of the Indictment

Political analysts foresee a difficult path for President Biden. His past denials of involvement or knowledge of Hunter's foreign dealings could turn into a potent political weapon for his adversaries. The indictment, therefore, poses significant political and personal challenges for the President.

Legal experts have started drawing parallels with past political scandals. Jonathan Turley, a noted legal scholar, likens President Biden’s denials to former President Bill Clinton’s claims about Monica Lewinsky.

Turley suggests that President Biden could find himself in an untenable position, unable to maintain his narrative in the face of mounting evidence and legal proceedings. This situation, he posits, could lead to a credibility crisis for the President.

The Legal Perspective

Even though the statute of limitations has expired on the most severe potential charges against Hunter Biden, the indictment carries serious implications. If Hunter Biden chooses to invoke the 5th Amendment, this could hinder Congress's ability to question him, thereby creating further obstacles for the Biden administration.

A political commentator, Charles Hurt, expressed the view that the indictment must feel akin to a "nuclear bomb" to the Biden family. This is irrespective of whether President Biden's direct involvement is established or not.

Renowned legal scholar Alan Dershowitz has lauded Judge Maryellen Noreika for her judicious handling of the case. He commended her for not allowing the case to be buried under a senseless deal between Hunter's legal team and the Department of Justice.

Plea for a Special Counsel

Dershowitz also made a case for the appointment of a "real" special counsel to replace David Weiss, who currently serves as U.S. Attorney for Delaware. He argued that this would ensure greater transparency and accountability in the handling of the case.

The refusal of a plea deal by Judge Noreika earlier in the proceedings has led to the current grand jury indictment, a significant turn in the narrative. This move has been appreciated by many who believe in the judicial process.

"I think a lot of people felt ... that David Weiss was going to let these charges skate and Hunter Biden would never be held accountable for making millions of dollars overseas. And a lot of people will say that was inappropriate."

These words, spoken by former Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., underscore the sentiment felt by many observers of the case.

The Court of Public Opinion

Jonathan Turley's comment further emphasizes President Biden's precarious position, as public opinion seems to echo these sentiments.

"I mean, basically [Biden is] saying ‘I did not have interactions with those people. It didn't work for Clinton. And it's even more insulting here."

Turley's statement draws attention to the growing skepticism among the public, including among some Democrats, regarding President Biden's claims about his son's foreign business dealings.

Concluding Thoughts

  • The grand jury indictment against Hunter Biden alleges a four-year tax evasion scheme involving over $1.4 million in income.
  • The indictment creates a challenging predicament for President Biden, particularly in light of his previous denial of knowledge of Hunter's foreign business dealings.
  • Legal experts draw parallels to past presidential crises, with Jonathan Turley comparing Biden's situation to Bill Clinton's Lewinsky scandal.
  • Despite the most severe charges being barred by the statute of limitations, Hunter Biden invoking the 5th Amendment could impede Congressional inquiries.
  • The case has been praised for its handling by Judge Maryellen Noreika, preventing a potentially senseless deal between Hunter Biden's lawyers and the DOJ.
  • Observers call for a "real" special counsel to replace David Weiss for the sake of transparency and accountability.

About Robert Cunningham

With years of experience at the forefront of political commentary, Robert Cunningham brings a blend of sharp wit and deep insight to his analysis of American principles at the Capitalism Institute.

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