The Hunter Biden investigation has the potential to significantly impact the 2024 election, causing concerns for Democrats who were hoping for an easier path.
Judge Maryellen Noreika’s rejection of the “sweetheart” plea deal has thrown a wrench in their plan to counter Republican attacks against Hunter Biden as irrelevant.
The appointment of Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss as special counsel in response to the public outrage over the deal has breathed new life into the story.
This development could disrupt the Democrats’ messaging, forcing them to address ongoing investigations every time someone is subpoenaed or appears before a grand jury.
Special counsels often uncover unexpected findings, as demonstrated by the investigation into former President Bill Clinton’s real estate deal that led to the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
If the investigation delves into the FBI FD-1023 report from June 2020 and interviews Burisma founder Mykola Zlochevsky, and if Zlochevsky confirms allegations of paid bribes to Joe Biden and Hunter Biden, the political consequences could be significant.
Joe Biden is likely to face increasing scrutiny, particularly regarding his involvement in events such as dinners with Russian and Kazakh oligarchs.
His interactions during his December 2013 trip to Beijing, including meetings with individuals connected to Chinese organizations, could also become focal points.
In contrast to former President Donald Trump, who might paint prosecutions against him as a political witch hunt, Joe Biden may find it challenging to deflect allegations of corruption. A recent Gallup poll indicates that only 42% of Americans view the Biden administration as ethical.
If further evidence of corruption emerges through Weiss’s investigation or potential Republican impeachment inquiries, Joe Biden could face an uphill battle in the 2024 election, even amid Trump’s own legal issues.