(Luis Cornelio, Headline USA) Republican lawmakers strongly criticized the plea deal reached between Joe Biden’s Justice Department and his son, Hunter Biden, regarding his multiple crimes, arguing that it amounts to a mere slap on the wrist, while the president praised the outcome.
Hunter Biden pleaded guilty to two counts of willful failure to pay federal income taxes and one count of possession of a firearm. Several prominent Republicans said that this lenient deal will spare him from serving time in jail, a shocking contrast to the treatment received by former President Donald Trump over the alleged mishandling of classified documents.
Biden celebrated the deal, claiming, “I’m very proud of my son.” Nevertheless, Republican lawmakers in both chambers of Congress wasted no time in expressing their dismay, citing the apparent two-tier justice system that favors Democrats and prosecutes conservatives.
🚨 BIDEN: “I’m very proud of my son” pic.twitter.com/ixDgqVmMzJ
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 20, 2023
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, vehemently criticized the leniency displayed by Biden’s prosecutors toward the regime’s First Son. During an interview on Fox News, Cruz denounced the deal as an act of “cronyism” and “corruption,” accusing the DOJ of downplaying their prosecution of Trump.
Cruz fired up the interview by asserting, “Merrick Garland is going to indict Hunter Biden because he wants to be able to say, ‘Look how even-handed I am. I indicted a Biden, I indicted a Trump.'”
Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., echoed Cruz’s fiery remarks and derided Big Tech for censoring the Hunter Biden laptop scandal prior to the 2020 election. She questioned in a tweet on Tuesday, “Is it still misinformation to accuse Hunter Biden of wrongdoing?”
So Hunter Biden gets a special plea deal, slap on the wrist – probably won’t do a day of time – while DOJ charges Trump as a spy and tries to put him in prison forever. Two standards of “justice” https://t.co/dpFWx51PW8
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) June 20, 2023
On the House side, congressional leaders expressed their strong disapproval. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., appeared on Newsmax on Tuesday, where he sharply criticized the DOJ’s deal. Gaetz contended, “This is not justice. It is a perversion of justice to allow Hunter Biden to plead guilty to these tax charges is akin to catching Jeffrey Dahmer and then letting him plea guilty to loitering.”
Allowing Hunter Biden to plead guilty to these tax charges is like catching Jeffrey Dahmer and letting him plead guilty to LITTERING!
The real crime here is not what Hunter Biden is pleading guilty to. pic.twitter.com/dZbIdu9PIw
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) June 21, 2023
Rep. William Timmons, R-S.C., also voiced his concern, accusing the DOJ of allowing Hunter to evade consequences. He pledged to investigate the allegations further through the Oversight Committee.
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., supported Timmons’s statement, announcing on Tuesday that the charges “have no impact on” on the Committee’s ongoing investigations, including an alleged $5 million bribery scheme involving President Joe Biden during his tenure as Obama’s Vice President.
Hunter Biden is getting away with a slap on the wrist while mounting evidence reveals the Bidens engaged in much more troubling and illegal behavior than tax evasion. This sweetheart deal will not be the end for Hunter Biden. Our committee, the Oversight and Accountability…
— Congressman William Timmons (@RepTimmons) June 20, 2023