Joe Biden Rules Out Commuting Hunter's Sentence

Controversy surrounds ongoing legal battles within the Biden family.

by Nouman Rasool
Joe Biden Rules Out Commuting Hunter's Sentence
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This was a response to his son, Hunter Biden, having been convicted of illegally in possession of a firearm in 2018, and in the event he got prison time, the presidential powers would not be used to commute him. The question was put during a White House press briefing, to which the President just responded, "No".

The exchange came in Bari, Italy, where the President had joined other world leaders attending the G7 Summit. His remarks came after an event with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in which the two nations signed a bilateral security agreement.

The President was asked about his son's legal situation leaving the stage. As the whole situation took a legal turn, President Biden was proud of his son over the struggle to get rid of his addiction, calling Hunter "one of the brightest, most decent men I know." He said that he would respect whatever the jury would decide in the case against his son, but at the same time, he would not allow the legal aspects of it to be kept aside.

Biden's DOJ Manipulation Claims

The Hunter legal issues controversy does not stop at the courthouse door. Republicans have charged that President Biden is manipulating the Justice Department to shield his family from legal scrutiny in a whole host of areas, particularly about ongoing investigations into Hunter Biden himself - including the gun charges and coming trials on charges of tax evasion.

This comes as the former president, Donald Trump himself, was convicted of unrelated felonies and vowed to issue sweeping pardons of his supporters if reelected. A president who notoriously issued controversial pardons during his time in office-ranging from convicted war criminals to political, continues to advocate for expanded use of presidential powers of pardon, explicitly even for those charged with crimes related to the January 6 insurrection.

Such a contrast in the then and now presidents' use of pardon powers brings to light a critical divide that exists in presidential morality concerning justice dispensation. As the legal case of Hunter Biden follows its due course, the political implications that arise serve as a litmus test of a decade-long question of justice versus political clout gripping America.

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