President Biden sets the stage to pardon his son Hunter as his Justice Department weighs a possible indictment stemming from a years-long federal investigation, Fox News contributor Miranda Devine warned.
Devine’s comments come after Biden finally discussed the possibility of his son facing charges during a rare sit-down interview in which he dismissed the chance that it would have any impact on his tenure.
“That mythology of Joe Biden that has been around for more than four decades, which is that he is a lovely family man…moderate Democrat, lunch bucket Joe, working class Joe, the poorest man in Congress, and a wonderful family man full of empathy because of the tragedies in his own life. That’s what he plays on,” Devine said during “Fox & Friends Weekend” Sunday.
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“I think the endgame is he’s setting up… framing this sympathy card so that when it’s time, maybe in his lame duck period, he’ll pardon Hunter and Americans will forgive him because they’ll say, well , Hunter was a drug addict and Joe just loves his family, and he’s been through enough tragedies in his life,” she continued. “Leave him alone.”
“My son has done nothing wrong,” Biden said during the sit-down interview with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle that aired Friday at 10 p.m.
“I trust him. I have faith in him, and it affects my presidency by being proud of him,” he continued.
But Devine was quick to argue that Biden’s response was premeditated and part of a broader Biden strategy to view the investigation as a “political witch hunt.”
“Obviously it has been rehearsed, and the plan for Joe Biden is to just completely remove himself from the influence operation he was involved in with his son Hunter and his brother Jim, pretend it has nothing to do with him, and that Hunter is just persecuted in a political witch hunt,” Devine said.
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“That’s probably the only way he can go, given that he’s been lying about his involvement since before the 2020 election,” she continued. “And it will work for him with those Americans, and there are still many who believe that Joe Biden, that his only scene is that he loves his son too much.”
Investigators are reportedly close to making a decision on possible charges against Hunter, though the exact timeline is still unclear.
Sources close to the case told the Washington Post that U.S. attorney David Weiss is close to a decision in the case, which stems from their years of investigation into possible tax and gun-related violations.
The report comes after Hunter’s lawyers met with DOJ officials late last month because tension between his lawyers and his father’s legal assistants was said to have increased, according to an Axios report.
The report alleged on Friday that “tensions” between Hunter Biden and President Biden’s aides over his legal defense prompted Hunter Biden to hire a new attorney for a more “combative approach” without consulting his father’s legal advisers.
A former top Justice Department spokesman noted that the younger Biden going rogue with his legal decisions and perhaps pushing past the “guard rails” that the president’s advisers would have him follow could be “a legitimate headache for the White House.” are.
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“I think from his point of view, he feels like he didn’t do anything wrong,” Devine said. “Don’t forget he says on his laptop that he gave half the money to give his father half the money, that he was basically acting as the pickpocket for the operation, so he just wants to save himself.”
Hunter also faces a congressional investigation into his overseas business dealings and a legal battle in Arkansas over child support for his four-year-old daughter.
Chris Pandolfo, Gabriel Hays and Bradford Betz of Fox News contributed to this report.