CJR Staff
July 29, 2023

Hunter Biden's Rejection of Plea Deal Boosts Credibility of Biden Family Investigation

During court proceedings this week, Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, pleaded not guilty to gun and tax charges and turned down a plea deal proposed by prosecutors.

The original deal fell apart when the judge raised concerns about its coverage of potential future charges in the ongoing investigation by the Justice Department. The prosecution clarified that the deal did not encompass potential prosecution of any alleged violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

The House Oversight Committee, led by Chair James Comer, found Hunter Biden's rejection of the plea deal to be significant, as it lends more credibility to the panel's investigation into the Biden family.

"Sweetheart Deal"

Comer expressed satisfaction with the judge's decision not to rubberstamp the "sweetheart" plea deal and asserted that it should be discarded entirely.

The investigation into the Biden family has gained momentum, with U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, David Weiss, confirming in July that the FBI informant form, which alleges bribes involving the Biden family, is part of an ongoing inquiry.

Additionally, IRS whistleblower allegations have raised concerns about potential FARA violations linked to the Hunter Biden criminal probe, prompting calls for a special counsel.

Comer also questioned why President Joe Biden's Justice Department had not appointed a special prosecutor to create a degree of separation between his administration and the DOJ. The committee chairman believes that the DOJ must be held accountable for what he considers a coverup involving the Biden family.

The court proceedings sparked contrasting reactions from Republicans and the White House. Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley criticized the "sweetheart" deal and suggested that additional charges might be brought due to the judge's reservations about the scope of the original proposal.

On the other hand, the White House, represented by press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, reiterated that Hunter Biden's case was a personal matter and emphasized the president's support for his son as he works to rebuild his life. When questioned about any discussions between the president and Hunter Biden regarding business dealings, Jean-Pierre referred back to her previous statements.

The developments in court and the ongoing investigation have intensified the scrutiny surrounding the Biden family, leading to differing views on the matter in the political sphere.

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