Monday 3 June 2024

Top House Democrat Defends ‘Loving Father’ Biden, Says Hunter ‘Has Done Nothing Wrong’

 The top House Democrat shrugged off concerns about President Joe Biden commenting publicly about the criminal matters his son Hunter Biden is facing in cases being prosecuted by a special counsel appointed by the Biden administration.

During an NBC interview on Sunday, “Meet The Press” guest moderator Peter Alexander asked Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) to opine on whether there was any impropriety by the commander in chief ahead of a trial slated to begin this week.

“Let me ask you about another question that we’ll be watching and will make headlines this week. Hunter Biden, the president’s son, goes on trial for gun charges beginning tomorrow. President Biden said last year, quote, “My son has done nothing wrong,'” Alexander said.

“The Wall Street Journal, as you see here, the editorial board said at the time, quote, ‘That’s a highly inappropriate message from a president. He’s essentially telling prosecutors that they are wrong to bring an indictment because Hunter is innocent of any criminal behavior.’ Why was it appropriate for President Biden to publicly comment on his son’s case?” Alexander continued.

“President Biden commented as a loving father, as I would hope any loving father would do. Hunter Biden of course is entitled, as was Donald Trump, to the presumption of innocence and to a trial by a jury of his peers,” Jeffries responded.

He was alluding to the criminal indictments that Trump is trying to fend off as the former president runs for re-election ahead of what may be a 2020 rematch in November against the elder Biden.

“And this Justice Department is going to proceed in that fashion, present the facts and the law,” Jeffries added. “And then we’ll all have to wait for a determination that is made by a jury as to Hunter Biden’s guilt or innocence.”

Hunter Biden faces two criminal indictments that arose out of the federal investigation into his conduct led by special counsel David Weiss. The first son has pleaded not guilty to gun and tax charges. His gun-related trial is expected to begin this week in Delaware.

A jury returned a guilty verdict against Trump on all 34 felony counts of falsifying business records to allegedly cover up payments in a bid to conceal a tryst with adult film star Stormy Daniels as part of a “catch-and-kill” scheme to influence the 2016 election. Trump, who denied the affair and pleaded not guilty to the charges, said he would be “appealing this scam.” Sentencing is scheduled for July 11.

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