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For Biden, the personal and politically painful troubles of his son

By Peter Baker

21 Jun 2023 · 6 min read

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  1. Hunter Biden has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor tax crimes, ending a five-year investigation without allegations against President Joe Biden.

WASHINGTON — After more than a half-century in politics, no subject may be more personally painful nor politically problematic for President Joe Biden than his troubled son, Hunter. Hunter is by various accounts a gaping wound in the president’s heart and the most sensitive soft spot in his campaign armor.

On the one hand, Hunter Biden’s agreement Tuesday to plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax crimes capped a five-year investigation without allegations of wrongdoing by the president or, presumably, prison time for his youngest son. But on the other hand, it put Hunter Biden once again in the crosshairs of the president’s adversaries who instantly complained that the wayward son got off too easy.

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