Hunter Biden did not appear at a state dinner for Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese following controversy over his attendance at other recent events with the president.
The first son was noticeably absent despite the attendance of President Joe Biden's other family members.
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"He previously attended two state dinners while he was at the center of a years-long federal investigation into his business dealings and tax affairs, which continues today, including one on June 22 for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and another on Dec. 1 for French President Emmanuel Macron," Fox News reported.
"Hunter's appearance at the dinner on June 22 came just two days after it was announced he had struck a plea deal with federal prosecutors that included misdemeanor tax crimes and a diversion agreement on a felony gun charge, a deal that later fell apart," it added.
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— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) October 26, 2023
"Republican lawmakers, such as Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-SD), will attend Biden's fourth state dinner Wednesday, alongside members of the first family, except for his embattled son Hunter," the Washington Examiner noted.
"The first son was invited to last summer's India state dinner, held days after he reached a plea deal for federal tax and gun crimes," it continued.
The news comes as Hunter Biden continues to serve as the focus of a House Oversight Committee investigation over bribery allegations with international businesses.
The investigation is looking at claims of tens of millions of dollars being directed toward Biden family members from China, Ukraine, and other nations when Joe Biden served as vice president.
The absence at the recent state dinner was not explained but may have been to avoid additional attention to the ongoing investigative work by Republicans.
The move also comes as the president campaigns for a second term in office with his son's business activities as a major concern for American voters.