President Biden knows Father Time is coming.
The 80-year-old commander-in-chief fears he won’t live to see the end of his son Hunter’s legal jeopardy, NBC News reported over the weekend — days after the 53-year-old was indicted in Delaware on federal gun charges.
The president and first lady Jill Biden are “resigned to the fact that Hunter’s legal problems will likely worsen in the months ahead,” according to the outlet — with a source close to the family saying Joe Biden has lamented out loud “that he might be dead before his son’s case would be resolved.”
Other reports have highlighted Biden’s near-fanatical devotion to his only surviving son, and his refusal to countenance any advice to distance himself from Hunter as he gears up for a re-election campaign.
“Everybody walks around on eggshells in the West Wing,” NBC News quoted one source as saying on the topic.
Hunter Biden has faced years-long investigations into dodging his income taxes, potential violation of federal lobbying laws, a gun purchase made while he was addicted to crack cocaine, and other possible crimes related to his foreign business dealings — all of which has reportedly taken a toll on his powerful relatives.
“Every day, this president wakes up and thinks about his deceased son [Beau] and probably cries every day. And the weight of [Hunter’s legal troubles] is equally emotionally taxing,” former Jill Biden press secretary Michael LaRosa told NBC, adding that the Bidens “are incredibly protective of Hunter.”
Hunter faces three charges in Delaware related to lying about his drug use on a federal background check form when he bought a Colt Cobra revolver in 2018.
The counts carry a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison if he is convicted.
Hunter could face additional criminal cases in DC and Los Angeles for tax fraud and illegal foreign lobbying.
The first son’s legal team on Monday filed a lawsuit against two IRS whistleblowers who alleged a cover-up by the Biden administration during the five-year-long probe into the first son.
The lawsuit argues that IRS supervisory special agent Greg Shapley, and a second agent, Joe Ziegler, violated Hunter’s right to privacy and tried to “embarrass” him when they publicized his tax information.
The suit seeks to “force compliance with federal tax and privacy laws” and stop the spread of “unsubstantiated allegations” and “unlawful disclosure” of Hunter’s tax information, as well as an award of $1,000 for each unauthorized tax disclosure and attorney fees.