The Biden administration has insisted that a presidential pardon for Hunter Biden will not be forthcoming in the wake of the political scion’s collapsed plea deal relating to tax and firearm charges.

Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House Press Secretary, was unequivocal in her stance during her latest press briefing.

“Is there any possibility that the President would end up pardoning his son?” asked Fox News’ Mark Meredith—which Jean-Pierre answerd with a succinct, resounding “No.” She reiterated her position, shutting down any attempt at a subsequent query on the same topic.

While the President’s power to pardon federal offenses is nearly limitless—a factor that could bring a swift end to the tumultuous criminal proceedings involving his son—such a move could spark significant political backlash. The notion of a Presidential pardon for Hunter Biden was put to rest with Jean-Pierre’s emphatic denial; however, the backdrop of the controversial plea deal raises numerous questions.

Initially, Hunter Biden’s plea arrangement for two misdemeanors relating to tax offenses and one gun possession felony was set to be wiped clean after a two-year period. However, in a surprising turn of events, the deal fell apart under the watchful eyes of a federal judge in Delaware, who noticed discrepancies between the views of the Justice Department and Hunter’s legal team regarding its scope.

The contentious matter has already sparked comments from House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who has hinted at launching an impeachment inquiry into President Biden’s involvement in his son’s foreign business affairs, notably with China and Ukraine.

The press briefing took another interesting turn when Jean-Pierre addressed an inquiry from Salon reporter Brian Karem. She denied any claims of “favorable treatment” for Hunter from the Biden-led Justice Department, despite two IRS whistleblowers’ accusations to the contrary. These whistleblowers allege that Biden-appointed U.S. attorneys in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., have blocked charges against the President’s son, leading to what Assistant U.S. Attorney Leo Wise acknowledged in court as an exceptional plea deal.

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Brian Karem pursued further, questioning whether the administration had sought or received any preferential treatment from the Department of Justice (DOJ) for any investigations into the President, administration members, his family, or former President Donald Trump. Jean-Pierre firmly responded, “Absolutely not.”

She emphasized the independence of the DOJ and the President’s respect for the rule of law, sentiments he has maintained since before his presidency. Yet, these claims stand in stark contrast to the public scrutiny surrounding the handling of Hunter’s legal proceedings. His failed plea deal was notably rejected by U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika after it became apparent that Hunter’s lawyers and the DOJ held strikingly different views on whether the deal could block future charges for past crimes, potentially including violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Hunter’s saga continues, with a court hearing scheduled in 30 days to decide on the next steps. Regardless of Hunter’s father’s stance on the prospect of pardoning his prodigal son, it is clear the coming weeks will not be devoid of political tension and public scrutiny.

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