According to conservative conspiracy theories, the recent criminal conviction of Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden’s son, is part of a plot to compel the president to resign from the 2024 presidential election. According to a 56-page indictment filed in California, Hunter Biden allegedly evaded at least $1.4 million in federal taxes between 2016 and 2019. The charges include failing to file and pay taxes, filing a fake tax return, and assessment evasion. He is also accused of spending money on prostitution, online pornography, luxury cars, and a membership in a sex club.
The White House did not answer questions for comment on the indictment, and Hunter Biden’s legal team did not respond to requests for comment. Hunter Biden’s legal troubles are not new; in July, a plea offer fell through, and in October, he pleaded not guilty to accusations of illegally having a handgun as a drug user.
Republicans in the House, particularly those on the James Comer-led Oversight Committee, have been concentrating on Hunter Biden as they assert a financial scheme involving the president and the Biden family. They claim the Bidens benefited themselves with money from Chinese and Ukrainian authorities. Comer thanked IRS whistleblowers for exposing alleged DOJ politicisation and asked for a probe into everyone involved in the alleged fraud schemes.
US Attorney David Weiss, who was appointed as special counsel in the Hunter Biden probe, rejected subpoenas for former President Donald Trump and others in his administration. Hunter Biden’s legal team claimed that politics motivated his legal problems.
Conservative bloggers and social media users have speculated that the indictment of Hunter Biden is an attempt to disqualify Joe Biden from running in the 2024 election. Some speculate that Hunter Biden may face minor penalties, such as repaying back taxes, while others believe the charges could be leveraged to compel Joe Biden to withdraw from the race or be replaced at the convention.
Overall, the indictment of Hunter Biden has fed right conspiracy claims that it is part of a wider scheme to remove President Joe Biden from the presidential run in 2024. These views, however, remain hypothetical, and it is unknown how the charges against Hunter Biden will affect the president’s political destiny.