Former President Donald Trump and several Republican lawmakers criticized the plea deal reached by the president’s son, Hunter Biden, with Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors.
After a nearly 6-year investigation, Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss announced that the president’s son will plead guilty to one misdemeanor count of failure to pay income tax and one count of unlawful purchase and possession of a gun.
This annoyed several Republicans who contrasted the justice system’s treatment of Hunter Biden with that of former President Trump, who was indicted last week on 37 federal charges for allegedly improperly withholding classified documents.
Donald Trump was among the first to criticize the justice system, calling it “corrupt.”
“It is a disgrace to the system, it is a disgrace to America, it is a very unfair situation, it is prosecutorial misconduct, and it is election interference — all wrapped up into one,” expressed Trump, highlighting that in his opinion the Hunter Biden plea agreement is equivalent to a “traffic ticket.”
The former president also posted several comments on his social network. “Wow! The corrupt Biden DOJ just cleared up hundreds of years of criminal liability by giving Hunter Biden a mere ‘traffic ticket.’ Our system is BROKEN!” he wrote.
More criticism of the justice system
Kentucky Republican Rep. James Comer also found the justice system’s decision too soft, especially as mounting evidence has emerged that Hunter and his father are involved in a pattern “of corruption, influence peddling and possibly bribery.” “Hunter Biden is getting off with “a slap on the wrist,” he said.
Hunter Biden is getting away with a slap on the wrist when growing evidence uncovered by the House Oversight Committee reveals the Bidens engaged in a pattern of corruption, influence peddling, and possibly bribery.
Read my full statement.👇 pic.twitter.com/9swtTaUUQu
— Rep. James Comer (@RepJamesComer) June 20, 2023
“It’s never been more clear that we have a two-tiered system of justice when you have the son of the sitting President of the United States selling our country out to the highest bidder, laundering money, committing tax fraud, accepting bribes, illegally obtaining a firearm, and shamefully avoiding child support,” expressed the president of the House Republican Conference, Elise Stefanik.
My full statement on Hunter Biden's slap on the wrist and the two-tiered system of justice in America. pic.twitter.com/yEND9I7laQ
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) June 20, 2023
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy also questioned the politicization of the Justice Department.
“If you are the president’s leading political opponent, the DOJ literally tries to literally put you in jail, give you prison time. If you are the president’s son, you get a sweetheart deal,” he said.
If you're Biden's leading political opponent, the DOJ will try to put you in prison.
If you're Biden's son, the DOJ will give you a sweetheart deal. pic.twitter.com/7z6l13shG8
— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) June 20, 2023
Via Twitter, Tennessee Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn opined that it was no coincidence that the president’s son was given a sweetheart deal shortly after the DOJ indicted Trump.
They are going for the low-hanging fruit by charging Hunter Biden with a gun felony and two tax misdemeanors, after years of slow walking their investigation. For AG Garland to maintain his mantra that there is one standard of justice is pathetic.
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) June 20, 2023
“This plea deal only raises further questions about Hunter Biden’s crimes and the double standard of justice in our federal government. There is clearly a lot more the Biden family has to answer for,” said former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.
“As President Trump predicted, Biden’s Justice Department is cutting a sweetheart deal with Hunter Biden in order to make their bogus case to ‘get Trump’ appear fair. Meanwhile, Biden’s DOJ continues to turn a blind eye to the Biden family’s extensive corruption and bribery scheme,” said spokeswoman for Make America Great Again Inc, Karoline Leavitt.
As President Trump predicted, Biden’s Justice Department is cutting a sweetheart deal with Hunter Biden in order to make their bogus case to “Get Trump" appear fair.
Meanwhile, Biden's DOJ continues to turn a blind eye to the Biden family's extensive corruption and bribery…
— Karoline Leavitt (@kleavittnh) June 20, 2023
Other tweets from Republicans
Looks like Hunter received a sweetheart deal and is not facing any charges on the massive corruption allegations. If Hunter was not connected to the elite DC class he would have been put in jail a long time ago. pic.twitter.com/tZcZOY1uST
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantis) June 20, 2023
The Hunter Biden plea deal is a joke. It’s a feigned retreat & reveals they’re even more scared than ever of scrutiny for the real crimes. The real target is the audio tapes of the alleged bribe for Hunter & Joe Biden from the Ukrainian executive of oligarch-owned Burisma. And…
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) June 20, 2023
Hunter Biden pleading guilty to a gun charge and misdemeanor tax charges with no jail time is a stunt to make him look like he is just cooperating with the DOJ.
Meanwhile the pathetic and weaponized DOJ who protects their puppet President and refuses to prosecute Joe Biden and…
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) June 20, 2023
Hunter pleading guilty to tax evasion is only the first crack in the Biden corruption cover-up.
— Rep. Darrell Issa (@repdarrellissa) June 20, 2023
Hunter Biden is getting off with a plea deal and no jail time.
President Trump was right again, and again, and again, and again. pic.twitter.com/Ln0ixOQr7e
— Congressman Troy E. Nehls (@RepTroyNehls) June 20, 2023