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Double blow of inquiry and son's indictment create tough stretch for Biden

By Tyler Pager

15 Sep 2023 · 5 min read

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  1. President Biden's son, Hunter Biden, has been indicted on charges of making false statements and illegally possessing a handgun. This could lead to a criminal trial during Biden's reelection campaign.

In just over 48 hours this week, President Biden faced a double-barreled onslaught of political and personal setbacks, as his son's business dealings and personal struggles created new turbulence at a time when his advisers wanted to focus attention on the problems of former president Donald Trump and House Republicans.

On Thursday, Biden's son Hunter was indicted on charges of making false statements and illegally possessing a handgun, paving the way for a criminal trial that could unfold as Biden pursues reelection. That came two days after House Republicans opened a formal impeachment inquiry centered on whether the president benefited from his son's business dealings, although they have produced little if any evidence to that effect.

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