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Hunter Biden Leaning Into His Addiction Prompts Careful Line Of Attack From GOP

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Hunter Biden has taken a more aggressive stance against House Republican investigations into his business dealings, emphasizing his drug addiction and personal tragedies.

Despite facing federal criminal tax and gun charges, he defended himself in a press conference, leading Republicans to navigate criticism without appearing to scrutinize those suffering from substance abuse.

“They belittled my recovery, and they have tried to dehumanize me, all to embarrass my father, who has devoted his entire life to public service,” Hunter Biden said. (Trending: Bud Light Gets Bad News Ahead of Christmas)

“For six years, I have been a target of the unrelenting Trump attack team. ‘Where’s Hunter?’ Well, here’s my answer. I am here.”

Allies of former President Donald Trump have shown reticence in undermining Hunter Biden over his addiction, while some Republicans argue that focusing on his addiction shouldn’t deter investigations into alleged corrupt business dealings.

“Hunter got thrown out of the military,” Trump said previously.

“He was thrown out, dishonorably discharged for cocaine use. And he didn’t have a job until you were vice president.”

“That is simply not true,” Joe Biden said.

“My son, like a lot of people, like a lot of people you know at home, had a drug problem. He’s overtaken it. He’s fixed it. He’s worked on it. And I’m proud of him.”

Former Trump 2020 campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said Trump “never sought to attack Hunter [Biden] for things directly related to his addiction.”

“I knew what it was like to be controlled by a substance, and I wanted to stay away from bashing him for that,” Murtaugh wrote.

“But anything involving foreign payments that could have involved his father were totally in bounds.”

“It’s [a] separate issue entirely, and while Hunter may try to pull on the heartstrings in a desperate attempt to persuade public opinion, it doesn’t change the fact that nearly 70% of Americans believe Joe did something either ‘illegal’ or ‘unethical,'” a Republican strategist said.

Hunter Biden has demanded to testify in public regarding his father’s impeachment inquiry, and Republicans have pledged to commence contempt of Congress proceedings against him.

“We will not provide special treatment because his last name is Biden,” James Comer and Jim Jordan wrote.

“As our committees were today prepared to depose Hunter Biden, he chose to make a public statement on Capitol Hill instead, where he said his father, Joe Biden, was not financially involved in his family’s business dealings.”

“Exactly how was Joe Biden involved? Evidence shows Joe Biden met with Hunter’s business associates, and his name was at the center of the family business strategy.”

“Today, the House will vote on an impeachment inquiry resolution to strengthen our legal case in the courts as we face obstruction from the White House and witnesses,” they said.

“Today’s obstruction by Hunter Biden reinforces the need for a formal vote. President Biden and his family must be held accountable for their corruption and obstruction. And we will provide that to the American people.”

The White House declined to comment on Hunter Biden and Republicans’ strategies, and press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was questioned about the administration’s handling of Hunter Biden’s presence around the president amid his indictments and the latter’s impeachment inquiry.

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