Will GOP attacks on Hunter Biden hurt Joe Biden in 2024? - USA Trending Blog

Will GOP attacks on Hunter Biden hurt Joe Biden in 2024? - USA Trending Blog

Will GOP attacks on Hunter Biden hurt Joe Biden in 2024? - USA Trending Blog

It was supposed to be a routine hearing.

But the night before Hunter Biden was to appear in federal court in Delaware on misdemeanor tax charges, a Republican congressman, Jason Smith of Missouri, made a last-ditch effort to derail a plea agreement that would keep President Joe Biden’s youngest son out of jail.

Smith asked a judge to throw out the deal, arguing in a legal brief that the investigation into Hunter Biden had been tainted by political interference.

The White House and congressional Democrats suspect the GOP is using Hunter Biden to advance its own political agenda: To damage Joe Biden heading into next year’s election. Hunter Biden, a 53-year-old attorney and businessman, holds no public office and has no official role in his father’s government unlike Ivanka Trump who held a policy job out of the White House as did her husband Jared Kushner. But his foibles have provided ammunition for those who want to inflict harm on Joe Biden and his presidency.

“Hunter Biden, I want to remind the (Republican) majority, is actually not the president of the United States,” Rep. Robert Garcia, D-Calif., said recently during a GOP-led congressional hearing in which two IRS whistleblowers claimed the Justice Department interfered in an IRS investigation into the president’s son.

Americans want their presidents to be honest and trustworthy, attributes considered so important that pollsters often ask voters to rate those characteristics in a president or presidential candidate.

In past election cycles, falsehoods have come back to plague campaigns, such as George W. Bush's erroneous claims that Iraq had "weapons of mass destruction,” or Bill Clinton’s denials of extramarital affairs. Honesty could become a central issue in next year’s election since the GOP nominee is likely to be Donald Trump, who has repeatedly spread baseless allegations of fraud in the 2020 election.

By going after Hunter Biden, Republicans are trying to sow doubts about his father, said author Joshua Kendall, whose book, “First Dads: Parenting and Politics from George Washington to Barack Obama,” explores the relationships between presidents and their children.