President Joe Biden did not address a reporter’s question concerning the possibility of criminal charges being brought against his son, Hunter.
On Sunday night, President Biden held a long, meandering news conference in Vietnam. Jazz music started playing as White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre sought to wrap up the press briefing.
After being questioned by a reporter, the 80-year-old spoke out, and the jazz band had to stop playing so everyone could hear him.
The President then began to leave the platform when another reporter asked whether he was worried about his son’s impending prosecution. When questioned about Hunter, Biden did what he often does: he kept walking without answering.
White House news conference footage omitted the exchange.
When asked about Hunter, Biden has always sidestepped the topic.
While on an unexpected visit to the FEMA headquarters in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, a reporter asked him whether he would turn over his bank records to Congress as part of an inquiry into his son’s international business operations and whether or not he was engaged or benefitted from them.
Biden chuckled and held up both hands when asked why he was there.
He ignored the repeated inquiry and answered a different question at the G-20 meeting, which had nothing to do with government emergency response.
Biden, though, may soon find himself unable to evade the inquiry.
According to a filing made last week, Special Counsel David Weiss plans to indict Hunter Biden by the end of September. On Wednesday, he stated that the government has until September 29, 2023, at the earliest, to get an indictment from a grand jury per the Speedy Trial Act.
Before that time, the government will formally ask for an indictment to be filed.
It is said that the President was overcome with sadness and grief when his “sweetheart deal” with prosecutors fell apart. But, as the President says, no one is above the law.