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Experts said Hunter Biden’s nine new criminal charges will be damning for his father’s presidential campaign and makes Joe Biden look like a liar for denying he knew about his son’s business dealings.
On Thursday, the Department of Justice indicted the first son on nine charges relate to tax, including two felony charges for filing a false return, a felony charge for tax evasion, four failure to pay charges and a further two charges for failure to file.
George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley said the bombshell news makes it impossible for the president refute he had ties to his son’s business dealings and that denying it is comparable to Bill Clinton claiming he did not have relations with Monica Lewinsky.
‘I mean, basically [Biden is] saying ‘I did not have interactions with those people’,’ Turley said on Fox News. ‘It didn’t work for Clinton. And it’s even more insulting here.’
‘But what the president is facing is a trap of his own making. He ran for office promising, assuring, the American people that he had no knowledge of these transactions,’ he said.
On Thursday, the Department of Justice indicted Hunter Biden on nine charges relate to tax crimes
President Joe Biden has repeatedly denied having any involvement with his son’s business dealings
George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley said Biden denying ties to his son’s business dealings is like President Bill Clinton (pictured) denying he had an affair
The indictment states that from 2016 to 2020, Hunter spent millions on an ‘extravagant lifestyle’ including on women, clothes and adult entertainment while avoiding paying taxes.
A Harvard CAPS-Harris poll found sixty percent of Americans believe Joe ‘helped and participated in Hunter Biden’s business,’ while 40 percent said they did not think the president helped or participated.
Republicans were more likely than Democrats to think Joe Biden was involved in his son’s deals – 81 percent of GOP voters thought he was implicated compared to 39 percent of Democrats.
The White House has repeatedly denied the president had any involvement with Hunter’s business ties. On Wednesday the president called the allegations a ‘bunch of lies.’
Turley said, ‘That has been directly contradicted. Hunter Biden himself contradicted his father on that. But you have Hunter’s close associate saying that that’s absolute nonsense, that, of course, he knew.’
‘So, [Biden is] in this, this sort of frozen-in-amber with a story that he cannot possibly maintain,’ he added.
Melissa Cohen and Hunter Biden with President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden in Nantucket over the Thanksgiving holiday
On Monday, the House Oversight Committee released bank records that show Joe Biden received $1380 monthly payments from Hunter’s company
On Monday, the House Oversight Committee released bank records that show Joe Biden received $1380 monthly payments from Hunter’s company that received millions from China.
The indictment comes as the president is gearing up for a 2024 re-election campaign and House Republicans are looking to vote to authorize an impeachment inquiry into Biden for his alleged role in Hunter’s foreign dealings.
Washington Times opinion editor Charles Hurt said that the indictment must be ‘like a nuclear bomb going off for the Biden family.’
‘The other part of this is regardless [of whether] Joe Biden is completely untainted by any of this in any sort of legal sense or in any sort of business sense, which I would be highly skeptical of – but even if that were the case, he still has lied to the American people about it over and over and over again,’ Hurt said.