President Joe Biden has consistently told journalists that he will seek a second term in 2024. However, one reporter recently suggested that the president’s son could derail those plans.
According to Fox News, Puck News contributor Tara Palmeri offered that warning last Friday during an appearance on Puck’s The Powers That Be: Daily podcast.
“How can he run if his son is indicted?”
“I think if he sees- if he thinks that perhaps saying he’s not gonna run for reelection will get the Republicans to drop their terrifying investigation into Hunter,” she was quoted as saying.
“Here’s another thing- what if Hunter’s indicted?” Palmeri continued, adding, “How can he run if his son is indicted?”
Hunter Biden has been at the center of a number of legal controversies, with the latest being allegations that he violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
The New York Post reported last month that records from Biden’s abandoned laptop show that he regularly met with his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, and business partners following visits with foreign officials.
Jonathan Turley is a professor at George Washington University Law School, and he told the Post that Hunter Biden’s failure to register as a lobbyist under FARA could leave him vulnerable to prosecution.
“The recent disclosures of additional foreign contacts has only strengthened what was already a strong case. Indeed, in the last few weeks, the compelling basis for a FARA charge has become unassailable and undeniable,” Turley stated.
Journalist says congressional losses could put pressure on Biden
What’s more, Palmeri said in her podcast appearance that his son’s legal issues are not the only thing the president has to consider.
“If the Democrats lose the Senate and the House, that’ll be really bad,” she insisted. “And I could see that there would be a lot of pressure on Biden to announce that he’s not gonna run for reelection.
“It’s just gonna be a dark time between November, January, February. Like, real dark. He’s gonna be weakened. And then I think you layer in the personal stuff on top of it. And that is what will be the deciding factor,” Palmeri said.
A polling aggregate maintained by Real Clear Politics shows that Republicans have a one point advantage over Democrats ahead of this year’s midterm elections.