NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd told viewers that President Joe Biden could be “seriously” damaged as a result of the Hunter Biden probe heading into the 2024 election.
Todd said, “President Biden’s handling of the case has raised questions at a time when voters already have doubts about his age and political standing.”
“Biden brought his son to a state dinner just two days after the plea deal that has since collapsed was announced, and he has repeatedly defended him, denying wrongdoing altogether even though Hunter Biden himself has pled guilty,” Todd added. (Poll: Do You Trust the Biden Family? VOTE)
NBC's Chuck Todd: "Biden's handling of the [Hunter Biden corruption] case has raised questions at a time when voters already have doubts about his age and political standing…" pic.twitter.com/FmYbGNLjk0
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) August 13, 2023
“NBC’s Chuck Todd woke up sleepy Sunday viewers with this damning report on Joe Biden’s mishandling of his son Hunter’s corruption case,” political commentator Kyle Becker remarked.
NBC political analyst Brendan Buck said the White House needs to take the Hunter Biden scandal “more seriously.”
“Now, I think the White House and the President’s re-election need to take this a bit more seriously than what they’re doing,” Buck said. “It was very easy for a long time for Democrats to just say, well that’s stuff on the crazy right…and now if it’s going to be in trial, it’s going to be in front-page news everywhere. I think they can appreciate that this could damage him pretty seriously.”
Federal prosecutors at Biden’s Department of Justice recently moved to voluntarily dismiss criminal charges against President Joe Biden’s son Hunter in Delaware without prejudice. Hunter’s special plea guilty deal fell apart in court after Judge Maryellen Noreika discovered Hunter is still under investigation and may face other charges.
The dismissal of charges against Hunter in Delaware is viewed by many people as a “dirty trick.” By refiling charges against Hunter in a different jurisdiction, either in the Central District of California or in Washington, D.C., prosecutors will more likely receive a Biden-appointed U.S. attorney as well as a sympathetic judge overseeing the case.
Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas said, “Biden’s DOJ wants to dismiss the charges against Hunter, supposedly to refile them elsewhere, no doubt before some liberal judge who will rubber-stamp a sweetheart deal.”
“Remember, when Biden’s DOJ and Hunter’s lawyers meet, they’re not negotiating. They’re conspiring,” Cotton said.
For example, U.S. attorney E. Martin Estrada in Central District of California is a donor to Biden and Kamala Harris’s campaigns. He reportedly refused to file charges against Hunter Biden in 2022.
In the meantime, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed U.S. Attorney David Weiss as special counsel in the Hunter Biden investigation. Judge Maryellen Noreika recently refused to accept Hunter Biden’s plea deal in federal court after discovering that the investigation is still ongoing.
Appearing on Fox News, legal analyst Andrew McCarthy argues the appointment is a “sham” and argued that an attorney must be appointed who is external to the DOJ and federal government.
Fox News legal analyst and former defense attorney, Gregg Jarrett, agreed that Garland is defying federal regulations. “So, the fix is in,” he said. “Weiss will continue the obstruction & Biden protection.”
Former assistant US attorney Andy McCarthy: "This is a sham. There is no special counsel investigation. There is no Biden investigation. " pic.twitter.com/2waKsYsqAE
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) August 11, 2023
“This is a shamm,” McCarthy said. “There is no special counsel investigation. There is no Biden investigation. What makes a special counsel special is that you’re a lawyer who’s brought in from outside the United States government,” McCarthy continued. Contrary to that foundational idea, he pointed out that Weiss, despite his new title, is still very much a part of the Biden administration, being “a top official in the Biden Justice Department.”
“This is the Biden Justice Department’s vehicle for maintaining control of an investigation that they are not pursuing,” he continued. “They’ve had the case for five years. They’ve never indicted it. They’re strategically allowing the statute of limitations to run to the point that the 2014 and 2015 conduct, which covers most of the $21 million that the congressional investigation report showed this week, that’s already time-barred.”
In a twist of fate, the plea deal “fell apart” as Hunter appeared in court and federal prosecutors confirmed that Hunter is still under federal investigation. As a result, Hunter pleaded “not guilty.”
Garland said, “I’m here today to announce the appointment of David Weiss as a special counsel consistent with the Department of Justice regulations governing such matters. In keeping with those regulations, I have today notified the designated members of each House of Congress of the appointment.”
Weiss’ appointment as special counsel indicates that, contrary to Hunter’s defense lawyers’ claims, the Justice Department investigation into President Biden’s son is not over.
“Upon considering his request, as well as the extraordinary circumstances relating to this matter, I have concluded it is in the public interest to appoint him as special counsel,” Garland said.
🚨BREAKING: Hunter Biden's plea deal just fell apart in court due to investigations that are still on going into potential FARA violations. pic.twitter.com/wn6qoXGMSD
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) July 26, 2023
Hunter faces multiple federal crimes after a years-long investigation into his criminal activity overseas involving his father, President Joe Biden.
Hunter Biden was expected to plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax counts of willful failure to pay federal income tax. However, the more serious gun felony charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. This plea deal was intended to avoid any jail time in connection to the felony gun charge.
Hunter illegally possessed a firearm while addicted to crack cocaine. He tested positive for the drug and was discharged from the Navy in 2014. To purchase the weapon, Hunter lied on a federal gun purchase form.
Less privileged Americans are regularly “dragged through the mud” and face the full consequences of their criminal acts. For example, the popular rapper Kodak Black, whose real name is Bill Kapri, committed a similar crime and sentenced to nearly four years in prison. Kodak Black also lied on a federal form to purchase a gun by using an incorrect Social Security number.
God bless Judge Noreika 🇺🇸
Judge Noreika just rejected the Hunter Biden plea deal. pic.twitter.com/HwLz1b8PxR
— Mayra Flores (@MayraFlores_TX) July 26, 2023
Judge Maryellen Noreika openly questioned the constitutionality of Hunter’s plea deal because “the diversion clause and the immunity Hunter Biden would receive.”