The Thursday indictment of Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, has sparked strong reactions from several 2024 presidential hopefuls.
The indictment, issued by DOJ Special Counsel David Weiss in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, includes nine charges. These charges allege a “four-year scheme” where Hunter Biden failed to pay federal income taxes from January 2017 to October 2020 and filed false tax reports.
Republican entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy shared his views on the timing of the indictment on X.
“The timing of the Hunter Biden tax indictment is one more sign that the deep state is planning to sideline Biden & pick a new puppet for 2024, all the while using this indictment as a perfect fig leaf to claim that the Trump prosecutions aren’t politically motivated. Kills two birds with one stone,” he said.
Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley also shared her thoughts on the indictment’s timing.
“The fact that the Justice Department slow-walked the Hunter Biden case despite serious allegations & nearly gave him a slap-on-the-wrist plea deal a few months ago shows how damaged the Justice Dept. has become. We need to clean it out from top to bottom,” she wrote, referring to Hunter’s plea agreement on two federal tax charges and a gun charge that fell apart in July.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, when asked about the indictment, expressed distrust in the DOJ.
“Obviously, I think Hunter Biden has a lot of problems with criminal liability. I’ve been saying that for a long time. I wonder whether this is something where they’re going to be able to point to and say, see, you can’t say that they’re going after Trump because they’re even going after the president’s son, and that is totally apolitical,” he said. DeSantis speculated that Biden might eventually pardon Hunter and doubted that Hunter would “actually face full justice.”
Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who is indeed still running for president, took a different stance.
“We should stand back and let the case proceed without politics overhanging every court appearance. No one should rejoice in the President’s son being indicted, but I am a rule of law champion, and it seems our system of Justice is working even though it was almost derailed by a premature plea agreement that the Court rejected,” he said.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addressed the allegations of corrupt business dealings by Hunter and Joe Biden.
“The relationship between Hunter and Joe — who knows what we’re going to find out? Is there a financial relationship between the two of them? I think there’s no doubt the father has provided support to the son. There’s no doubt about that,” Christie said. “I have no doubt knowing Joe Biden — I’ve known him for 40 years — that he would be supportive of his son’s business ventures.”
Democratic candidate and author Marianne Williamson commented on the impact of the indictment on Biden’s reelection campaign.
“With Democrats needing to make the case to the American people that we should have the White House for another four years, this would undoubtedly be a distraction should the President be our nominee,” she said.
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