Trouble for Hunter Biden: Presidential Hopefuls React
In a dramatic turn of events, several candidates eyeing the 2024 presidential race wasted no time reacting to the recent indictment of Hunter Biden, the son of current President Joe Biden. The charges, revealed by DOJ Special Counsel David Weiss, allege a four-year tax evasion scheme from January 2017 to October 2020.
Republican Concerns on Deep State and Timing
Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, a prominent Republican, voiced concerns about the timing, suggesting it's a move by the so-called deep state to sideline Biden and pave the way for a new face in 2024. Ramaswamy sees the indictment as a clever fig leaf to deflect criticism of politically motivated prosecutions against former President Trump.
Nikki Haley Points to Deeper DOJ Issues
Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, also a Republican, chimed in, highlighting deeper issues within the Department of Justice. She criticized the slow handling of Hunter Biden's case and a previous plea deal that fell apart in July. According to Haley, this reflects broader problems within the Justice Department that need addressing.
Ron DeSantis Skeptical of DOJ
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis expressed skepticism about the DOJ, stating his distrust and uncertainty about how the indictment unfolded. DeSantis believes Hunter Biden may eventually receive a pardon from President Biden, questioning the motivations behind the indictment.
Rule of Law Advocacy from Asa Hutchinson
Former Republican Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson took a different stance, emphasizing the importance of treating Hunter Biden like any other individual accused of a crime. Hutchinson advocates letting the legal process proceed without political interference and expressed satisfaction with the justice system's resilience against potential derailment.
Chris Christie's Insight on Father-Son Relationship
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, while not immediately responding to the indictment, discussed the allegations of corrupt business dealings between Hunter and Joe Biden. Christie acknowledged a likely financial relationship and stated his belief that Joe Biden would support his son's business ventures.
Mixed Views Among Democratic Candidates
On the Democratic side, Marianne Williamson acknowledged that Hunter Biden's indictment could complicate President Biden's re-election campaign. However, independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., declined to comment.
Outstanding Queries and Fox's Pursuit of Answers
Several candidates, including Democrat Rep. Dean Phillips, Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein, independent candidate Cornel West, Biden, and former President Donald Trump, did not immediately respond to Fox's inquiries about the indictment. Fox also reached out to the DOJ for comment, awaiting their response.
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