What do we make of the three indictments handed down against Hunter Biden, son of the president of the United States?
Do they affect the president’s job directly? No. Do they draw Daddy Biden into Hunter’s web? No.
The indictments come from a grand jury in Delaware operating under the advice of a federal prosecutor appointed by Donald J. Trump. The indictments concern Hunter Biden’s illegal possession of a firearm and the alleged lie he told to obtain the weapon.
Hunter Biden was in the throes of a drug addiction. Federal law prohibits a drug addict from owning a firearm. Hunter Biden filled out a questionnaire that asked him if he had a drug problem. He said “no.” That was the wrong answer.
Yes, this is an embarrassment for the president. I have zero doubt that the MAGA spin machine is going to crank out all sorts of circumstances juxtaposing the president with the illegal conduct of his grown son. It’s unfair, to be sure … but certainly not unexpected.
Make no mistake about this likely outcome, which is the 2024 presidential campaign just got a good bit murkier.