President Joe Biden sat down for an interview with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle on Wednesday night to answer questions on various issues. The interview was notable for its rarity, as it’s not often that a sitting president sits down with an actual reporter. However, what’s interesting about the interview is not what it covered, but rather what it didn’t cover. The interview was a perfect example of what’s known as the “art of scandal implosion,” where the media and the government work together to avoid exposing scandals that could be politically damaging.
The interview briefly touched on the potential criminal charges that Hunter Biden, the President’s son, could face. Ruhle assured the President and the viewers that the charges would have “no ties to you.” Biden himself defended his son, stating that “my son’s done nothing wrong. I trust him. I have faith in him.” However, despite these claims, there are mounting allegations of Hunter Biden’s involvement in influence peddling and potentially criminal conduct by the President himself.
The Justice Department and the media have been working tirelessly to avoid ties between Hunter Biden’s foreign dealings and the President. The charges that Hunter Biden may face are still unknown, but there have been steady leaks indicating that the Delaware U.S. Attorney is focusing on tax and gun charges. While influence peddling may not be a crime in itself, it often involves illegal activities such as tax violations, false statements, and unlawful financial transfers.
The interview is also notable for how it framed the potential charges against Hunter Biden. Ruhle asked the President how the charges would impact his presidency, framing it as a personal matter rather than a criminal matter. This framing is only possible because of the concerted efforts of the media and the government to avoid exposing the President’s involvement in his son’s influence peddling.
The Developing Spin
Despite the potential consequences of a criminal charge, the Biden team and their allies in the media are already working to downplay the significance of the ongoing investigation. In a recent MSNBC interview, the focus was on treating any charges against Hunter as a closed matter that has nothing to do with Joe Biden.
This spin is unsurprising, given the allegations of at least two whistleblowers and the likely desire of the Biden team to declare the case closed as soon as possible. However, it is essential that we resist this narrative and continue to focus on the Justice Department’s investigation into the Bidens. Only by doing so can we hope to see justice served in this matter.
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