Joe Biden appears to be elated over his son Hunter’s plea deal for tax crimes and an illegal gun purchase, with reports indicating the President and his inner circle are feeling “great comfort” about the arrangement.
Under the sweetheart arrangement, Biden’s son will plead guilty to a pair of misdemeanor tax charges but will have a felony charge related to lying on a firearm background check dropped so long as he completes a two-year period of probation.
He won’t step foot in prison unless he violates the terms of his probation. (And does anyone really believe he would go to prison if he did?)
Politico reports that the President found the resolution to be a relief, having been “deeply anxious for months about his son’s legal fortunes” as the investigation dragged on for five years.
They note that Biden had seemingly known his son was in legal peril despite insisting publicly he was innocent.
“Though President Biden had earlier insisted that his son had ‘done nothing wrong,’ members of Biden’s inner circle took great comfort in knowing that, with a guilty plea, Hunter likely would not serve prison time,” they write.
Biden Happy About Hunter’s Plea Deal
The White House has been relatively quiet about Hunter Biden’s prison-free plea deal since it was announced on Tuesday.
“The President and First Lady love their son and support him as he continues to rebuild his life,” said a White House spokesman. “We will have no further comment.”
But the tone of the Politico report reveals that Team Biden is ecstatic over the developments. Phrases such as “great comfort,” “relief,” and “a personal weight … lifted” pepper their accounting of the mood inside the White House.
It seems a strange reaction for a group of people who so often lecture law-abiding citizens about gun control.