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Puck News reporter Tara Palmeri has suggested the legal troubles plaguing Hunter Biden will be the “decisive factor” in his father’s decision to seek re-election in 2024.
Appearing on Puck’s “The Powers That Be: Daily” podcast, Palmeri was asked what the odds were of President Biden running for a second term, which she thought was “50-50″ and that he ” will wait as long as possible” to decide.
“If the Democrats lose the Senate and the House, it will be really bad,” Palmeri said on Friday’s podcast. “And I could see there would be a lot of pressure on Biden to announce he’s not running for re-election. It’s just going to be a dark period between November, January and February. Like, really dark.”
“Also, you’re going to have all these investigations into Hunter Biden. There are, you know, reports that the Justice Department is planning to indict him. It’s just going to be a dark time. It’s not going to be good. for his family,” she continued.
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Palmeri claimed that it is First Lady Jill Biden who “ultimately decides” whether her husband seeks re-election.
She then predicted that the outcome of a “brutal midterm” could become “personal,” hinting at GOP lawmakers poised to take over Congress who would “go after her child.”
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“He’s going to be weakened. And then I think you add more personal stuff. And that’s what will be the deciding factor,” Palmeri said. “If it was purely political, I think Joe Biden only knows how to run. That’s all he did his whole life. to abandon their terrifying investigation of Hunter.”
“Here’s another thing – what if Hunter is charged? How can he escape if his son is charged?” Palmeri added.
Hunter Biden has been the subject of several federal investigations as the DOJ looks into whether he violated any tax, money laundering and/or gun laws.
However, the main question Republicans continue to ask is whether President Biden will be implicated in any of the potential charges his son may face.
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During the 2020 presidential election, emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop suggest that then-candidate Joe Biden was involved in his son’s overseas business dealings, which directly contradicts his claim that the two never discussed business.
The New York Post’s explosive report on Hunter Biden’s laptop was shunned by mainstream media, with some even non-substantially claiming at the time that its content was Russian disinformation. Big Tech also blocked the story from being shared on social media, alleging the report was based on hacked material despite any evidence.
Fox News reported this week that President Biden met with at least 14 of Hunter’s business associates from the United States, Mexico, Ukraine, China and Kazakhstan during his vice presidency, fueling accusations from critics that the Bidens were involved in influence peddling during the Obama administration.
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The investigation into Hunter’s tax affairs, which began in 2018, has reached a “critical stage”, a source previously told Fox News Digital. Authorities are considering whether to charge the first son with various tax violations and possible foreign lobbying violations.
A separate source told Fox News Digital that the federal grand jury investigating Hunter’s business dealings completed its final term late last month, but said no charges have been filed. Hunter has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
Fox News’ Jessica Chasmar contributed to this report.