Months after Hunter Biden’s foreign business deals became a counternarrative during the impeachment of Donald Trump, he continues to bring unwanted attention to his father’s presidential campaign.
According to a new report from the Washington Free Beacon, the younger Biden somehow managed to pay off nearly $500,000 in debt over the course of just six days — all while claiming to be unemployed.
“No monthly income”
About a month ago, he was reportedly hit with a six-figure lien over a state income tax issue that was “resolved” within a week.
The Washington, D.C. Office of the Chief Financial Officer provided the data cited in the story, which was first reported by Alana Goodman.
She appeared on Fox Business Network to discuss the development in a segment with host Stuart Varney.
“How did he manage to pay off this $450,000 tax lien in six days?” Goodman asked. “You know, most people just don’t have a half a million dollars lying around.”
As she noted, Biden has claimed to be poor and jobless, citing “significant debt” from a divorce last year as he sought to avoid paying child support. He said at the time that he was “unemployed and have had no monthly income since May 2019.”
Hunter Biden’s baggage
His financial dealings intersected with personal scandals, though he eventually resolved the case brought by the mother of his child. It was just the latest episode in the sordid story of a man who now lives in the Hollywood Hills with his current wife.
Biden’s first wife claimed he dug the family into a financial hole by spending extensively on vices including prostitutes, drugs, and mistresses. He also reportedly dated and then broke up with the widow of his late brother, Beau.
While it is unfair to judge any political candidate on the behaviors of a relative, the controversies surrounding Hunter Biden are hardly the type of publicity his father’s campaign needs with less than three months left until Election Day.
With political operatives still focused on allegations of shady dealings with Ukraine and other foreign countries, it is unlikely that this is the last time voters hear his name before Nov. 3.
Given the former vice president’s penchant for gaffes and outrageous public statements, he does not need his son’s help in generating negative headlines.