Hunter Biden plans legal, media blitz frustrating White House
House Republicans have pledged to investigate Hunter Biden when the party assumes control of the lower chamber of Congress in January.
Hunter Biden and his legal team are reportedly preparing a public relations and legal campaign to defend the embattled first son amid likely GOP investigations, a move that has many in the White House concerned.
The younger Biden has hired attorney Kevin Morris to help devise his public defense against allegations stemming from materials discovered on his laptop. Morris reportedly wants to take a proactive approach against near-inevitable Republican volleys and has begun to assemble a team to dig up dirt on the first son's major detractors, according to the Washington Post.
Beyond Morris, Hunter Biden has retained attorney Joshua Levy, who will mount the family's defense against accusations that familial business interests have compromised President Joe Biden, and Chris Clark, who is dealing with the ongoing Department of Justice probe into alleged tax violations and the disappearance of Hunter's firearm.
The second matter stems from a 2018 incident in which Hallie Biden, Hunter's sister-in-law, deposited the first son's gun in a dumpster behind a local grocery store but found it was missing when she went to recover it. The dumpster was in close proximity to a school, which triggered the investigation amid concerns the weapon could be used in a crime.
At the White House, however, some worry that the scandal-plagued Biden remaining in the limelight could generate blowback for the commander-in-chief. One source told the Post that "[n]o one thinks this strategy of putting Hunter Biden front and center is smart... No one, including the White House, thinks this is a smart strategy."
House Republicans have pledged to investigate Hunter Biden when the party assumes control of the lower chamber of Congress in January. President Biden, for his part, has largely dismissed GOP scrutiny of his son's activities as political and "almost comedy."
White House spokesman Ian Sams told the Post that "Congressional Republicans' politically motivated partisan attacks on the president and his family are rooted in nonsensical conspiracy theories and do nothing to address the real issues Americans care about."