Growing questions over whether Joe Biden will pardon his son

 December 19, 2023

Fox News reported earlier this month that Hunter Biden faces "a real chance of jail time" should he be convicted of federal tax and gun charges.

That's raised questions over whether President Joe Biden would pardon his son. While the White House has denied that the president has any intention of doing so, some observers aren't convinced. 

Law professor: "Hard to see" prosecutors not seeking jail time

Jonathan Turley is a law professor at George Washington University, and told Fox News, "It is hard to see how prosecutors would make such a case and not seek jail time for knowingly criminal conduct."

"Moreover, given the evasion going back to 2016, it is hard for the court to dismiss this as a first-offender novice," he added.

According to The Hill, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters two weeks ago that the president's stance on pardoning his son hasn't changed.

However, even some Democrats are beginning to voice skepticism over that pledge, including Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen.

Democratic congressman thinks president could end up pardoning Hunter

NBC News noted that Tennessee Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen is promoting a constitutional amendment that would bar presidents from pardoning themselves as well as issuing pardons to family members, administration figures, and campaign employees.

"I wouldn’t recommend it politically," Cohen was quoted as telling NBC News this week when asked about the prospect of Biden pardoning his son.

"It is within his power, and he loves his son, so, what are you going to do? I suspect he could," the Tennessee Democrat went on to acknowledge.

Meanwhile, an unnamed Democratic fundraiser also suggested to NBC News that the president would likely be tempted to issue Hunter a pardon.

"The latest indictment had to sting him [Joe Biden]," the fundraiser acknowledged before adding, "It is serious and to me, how can you not start thinking about a pardon? He has lost two children."

House Republicans want Hunter Biden held in contempt

Tax and gun charges may not be Hunter Biden's only legal concern, as Fox News reported that Republicans are pushing to hold him in contempt after he recently refused to comply with a House subpoena.

"Nobody gets to do that," Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs insisted. "He was sent subpoenas. He was told to appear."

"We're going to vote to hold him in contempt," Biggs continued and added that California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell should "probably" be held in contempt as well.

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