A Hunter Biden legal drama of the personal variety has been developing in Delaware, and White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre's insistence that Hunter is a "private citizen" has only added fuel to the fire.
Earlier in the day, Hunter’s plea deal fell through, leading reporters eager for answers to turn to Jean-Pierre for clarity. To kick off the press briefing, the press secretary referred inquiries regarding Hunter to his legal team and declared that he was “a private citizen”.
“Hunter Biden is a private citizen, and this was a personal matter for him,” Jean-Pierre opened. “As we have said, the president, the first lady, they love their son, and they support him as he continues to rebuild his life.”
The statement was quickly met with ridicule across social media and reporters were left questioning the designation after images surfaced of Hunter Biden with a motorcade accompanying him on official White House business trips with his father.
“But yet the Candidacy set up the laptop disinformation campaign,” former NYPD detective Rob O’Donnell asked in an incensed tweet. “He lives at the White House. Travels with his Father on Official business. Is at his Fathers side advising him on Official appearances. Has evidence he is actually in business with his Father. Has used influence of dad.”
But yet the Candidacy set up the laptop disinformation campaign.
He lives at the White House
Travels with his Father on Official business
Is at his Fathers side advising him on Official appearances.
Has evidence he is actually in business with his Father
Has used influence of dad https://t.co/3fBsyTMXpd
— Rob O'Donnell (@odonnell_r) July 26, 2023
Fox News contributor Ben Domenech simply remarked, “That'll work.”
That'll work. https://t.co/3gHBrHO82H
— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) July 26, 2023
GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel echoed the sentiment with her own inclusion on the slew of criticism, writing, “Whether or not Joe Biden was directly involved with his family’s schemes – as text messages, emails, photos, visitor logs, and on-the-record accounts all suggest – is not a ‘personal matter’”.
Whether or not Joe Biden was directly involved with his family’s schemes – as text messages, emails, photos, visitor logs, and on-the-record accounts all suggest – is not a “personal matter.”https://t.co/Efs650meMm
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) July 26, 2023
The press briefing veered into contentious territory when reporters pressed Jean-Pierre on whether the previously used language claiming President Biden had not discussed business dealings with his son had changed.
The press secretary quickly dove into deflection mode, noting the investigation’s “independence” and reminding reporters to reach out to Hunter’s representatives for further inquires.
“I just don't have anything else to share on this," Jean-Pierre said. “I would refer you to the Department of Justice. Again, this was done independently, and I would also refer you to Hunter's representatives.”
It remains to be seen whether the White House will be able to pass Hunter Biden off as a "private citizen" as his court case moves forward, but the initial semantic battle has already taken its toll.
“Private citizen” Hunter Biden takes taxpayer-funded motorcade to courthouse to face federal crimes of not paying his taxes.
Can’t make it up. pic.twitter.com/H7cXU2w7Lo
— Guy Reschenthaler (@GReschenthaler) July 26, 2023