House GOP Conference chair Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) expressed strong condemnation on Tuesday regarding the recent plea deal reached by President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, with federal prosecutors. Stefanik joined a growing chorus of Republicans who believe that Hunter Biden received preferential treatment due to his family connections.
In an interview with Breitbart News, Stefanik asserted, “The fact that you have the president’s son getting away with tax fraud, illegal bribery, corrupt pay-to-play illegal gun purchases, as well as not paying adequate child support — that is fundamentally unfair in this justice system, that if your last name is Biden, you get to live by a separate set of rules.”
The court filings earlier in the day revealed that Hunter Biden pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges of willful failure to pay federal income tax. Additionally, he faces a felony charge for possessing a firearm while illegally using or being addicted to drugs, which is expected to be dropped after a probationary period, according to U.S. Attorney David Weiss.
Republicans, including Stefanik, have criticized Hunter Biden’s plea deal as a “sweetheart deal,” further fueling their ongoing probe into his foreign business dealings and any potential involvement by his father, President Joe Biden.
The House Oversight Committee, responsible for the congressional investigation into the Biden family, emphasized that Hunter’s plea deal would not impact their ongoing inquiry. The committee claimed to possess “growing evidence” suggesting that the Bidens engaged in corruption, influence peddling, and possibly bribery.
Initial information leading to these allegations was reportedly obtained from emails discovered on Hunter Biden’s laptop, which he had abandoned at a repair shop in 2019 and subsequently subpoenaed by the FBI. These emails were first reported by Emma-Jo Morris, now-Breitbart News Political Editor, in the New York Post a few weeks before the 2020 election.
Stefanik, a member of the weaponization committee, is also involved in investigations concerning the Justice Department’s work, particularly its special counsel probes into former President Donald Trump and Joe Biden regarding classified documents. The Trump probe resulted in a historic 37-count indictment, while the Biden investigation remains pending.
The Biden administration’s decision to criminally charge Hunter Biden, who happens to be President Biden’s potential leading Republican opponent for the 2024 election, has drawn considerable fury from numerous Republicans in Congress, including Stefanik. She characterized the prosecution against Trump as “election meddling” by the politicized and weaponized Department of Justice.
Stefanik stressed the need for congressional oversight and investigative work to rein in the alleged politicization within these agencies, asserting that it was vital to root out any corruption and ensure fairness at all levels.
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