by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Hunter Biden will face a slew of charges this week that could land him in jail and again distract from the public face his father is crafting on the campaign trail.
While President Joe Biden has been careful not to comment on the litany of charges facing former President Donald Trump, he likes to make the case that he represents decency, morality, and respect for justice.
“Together, we can keep proving that America is still a country that believes in decency, dignity, honesty, honor, truth,” Biden said in remarks honoring the anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. “We still believe that no one, not even the president, is above the law.”
That message is undermined when the president’s son is accused of cheating on his taxes and ignoring a congressional subpoena as part of the House’s impeachment inquiry into allegations of Biden family foreign influence peddling.
Two House committees have introduced legislation that would hold Hunter Biden in contempt of Congress over his failure to comply with a subpoena and are expected to vote on them Wednesday. The next day, the younger Biden will appear in a Los Angeles courtroom to be arraigned on three felony and six misdemeanor tax charges.
Each of those developments will keep Hunter Biden in the news cycle this week, and future developments, such as a potential full House vote on the contempt charges, will do so again as the election year proceeds.
“We’ll see what happens when that goes to the attorney general,” House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) said on Fox News’s Sunday Morning Futures. “But that would be his call. But I do think there was support in the House, certainly in the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight Committee, to pass that contempt resolution, and then it’ll go to the House floor, I think, quickly thereafter.”