Hunter Biden won’t be pardoned the White House claims.
WASHINGTON − You can end any speculation about a possible Hunter Biden pardon.
The White House ruled out President Joe Biden using his presidential authority to pardon his son Hunter, who is set to plead guilty to misdemeanor tax and gun charges.
“No,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Thursday when asked whether there is any possibility Biden would pardon Hunter Biden, putting to rest a theory pushed by conservative critics.
A plea deal in Hunter Biden’s criminal case unraveled in Delaware federal court Wednesday after a judge raised concerns about the terms of the agreement including assurance Hunter Biden’s legal team sought for immunity from any other criminal charges.
Although President Biden
has not said that he intends to pardon Hunter Biden some on the right have suggested that he would. Only two of Donald Trump’s political associates Stephen Bannon and Roger Stone have won pardons or sentence reductions.
Hunter Biden entered Wednesday’s court hearing with an agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to two tax charges and avoid prosecution on a gun charge in the criminal case against the presidents
But U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika would not accept the agreement, raising concerns with its terms and telling both sides she would not be a “rubber stamp.”
The hearing ended with Hunter Biden pleading not guilty to two misdemeanor charges for failing to pay his taxes in 2017 and 2018 when he received more than 1.5 million Dollar each year. Hunter Biden is expected to reverse his plea if his lawyers reach an agreement with prosecutors that meets the judge’s satisfaction.
Noreika, appointed to the bench by former President Donald Trump, asked the parties to submit legal briefs on the legitimacy of the deals offered to Hunter Biden within 30 days.