President Joe Biden fears he may die before his son Hunter’s legal issues are resolved as the family worries the situation may become worse before it gets better, a new report out on Tuesday revealed.
Biden, 80, has spoken about his fear of death behind closed doors, sources close to the Bidens told NBC News.
It’s a contrast to Biden’s public persona, where he has joked about being the oldest president in American history. At a fundraiser in New York on Monday night, Biden cast his age as experience.
‘A lot of people seem focused on my age. Believe me, I know better than anyone,’ he said. ‘When this nation was flat on its back, I knew what to do.
‘I am more optimistic about the future of this country than in the 800 years I’ve served,’ he added to laughter.
The president has a clean bill of health from his doctor and the best medical care in the world. Still, he at times has trouble walking and has made verbal stumbles.
President Joe Biden, 80, fears he will die before his son’s legal issues are resolved, a new report claimed
If Biden wins a second term in next year’s election, he would be 86 when he leaves office.
And polls show voters are concerned Biden is too old for four more years in the White House.
Additionally some Democrats are worried that the president, who defeated Donald Trump, 77, in the 2020 election, may not have the energy to do it again next year.
‘He is in a period of his life where passing and death is imminent,’ Sharon Sweda, the leader of the Democratic Party in Lorain County in Ohio, told The Washington Post . ‘We are all on a ticking clock. But when you’re at his age or at Trump’s age, that clock is ticking a little faster, and that’s a concern for voters.’
Compounding the age issue, some aides are worried Hunter’s legal troubles could divide the president’s attention when he needs to focus on running the country and campaigning for re-election.
Aides say both the president and first lady Jill Biden are reluctant to hear about any political implications about the matter and have accepted the fact that Hunter’s legal problems will probably get worse in the months ahead, NBC News reported.
A source told the news network the topic of Hunter is so sensitive that ‘everybody walks around on eggshells in the West Wing’ and don’t like to raise the matter.
Hunter Biden, meanwhile, is going on the offensive after being hit with three federal charges related to his 2018 purchase of a handgun and facing an investigation into his taxes. He has sued the IRS for releasing his tax information, which he claims should have remained confidential.
President Biden has not publicly addressed his son’s latest legal woes. But he did tell MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle earlier this year he was proud of Hunter’s recovery from his drug and alcohol addiction.
‘It impacts my presidency by making me feel proud of him,’ Biden said.
President Joe Biden with wife Jill, son Hunter, Hunter’s wife Melissa and their son Beau in November 2022
Hunter with President Joe Biden in June 2023 – aides worry his son’s legal troubles may distract the president
The Biden family took another blow earlier this summer when Hunter’s plea deal with federal prosecutors fell apart.
U.S. Attorney David Weiss and Hunter’s lawyers reached a plea deal in July that called for the president’s son to plead guilty in Delaware federal court to two misdemeanor counts of failing to pay his taxes in return for prosecutors’ recommending probation.
A separate felony gun charge of illegally owning the Colt Cobra .38 special handgun would have been dropped in two years if Biden honored the terms of what is known as a diversion agreement.
The plea deal, which Republicans blasted as a ‘sweetheart deal’ fell apart in a Delaware courtroom when the presiding judge started to question some of its details, including one that including would theoretically protect Hunter Biden from other tax-related crimes in the same period.
Prosecutors said it would not. Hunter’s lawyers said it would. The agreement fell apart. The three federal charges related to the gun purchase were announced on earlier this month.
Two of the counts carry maximum prison sentences of 10 years, while the third has a maximum of five years. Each count also carries a maximum fine of $250,000.
Additionally, now Biden, himself, faces an impeachment inquiry. House Republicans charge the Biden family benefitted from Hunter Biden’s business deals, which, they say, came about because Joe Biden was vice president.
President Biden has said he has never been involved in his son’s business matters.
He brushed aside the impeachment inquiry, telling donors last week that: ‘I got a job to do. Everybody always asked about impeachment. I get up every day, not a joke, not focused on impeachment. I’ve got a job to do. I’ve got to deal with the issues that affect the American people every single solitary day.’
Republicans claim Joe Biden talked to Hunter’s business associates, who called him the ‘big guy.’
The White House said those conversations were casual and did not involve business deals.
President Biden with first lady Jill Biden, son Hunter and grandson Beau in July 2023
Speaker Kevin McCarthy, facing heavy pressure from the right wing of the Republican Party, launched an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden
Hunter’s former business partner Devon Archer told the House Oversight Committee in testimony this summer that Hunter had put his father on speakerphone during business meetings about 20 times.
At the time of Archer’s closed-door testimony, Democrats in the room said Archer described the calls as personal.
‘The witness indicated that Hunter spoke to his father every day, and approximately 20 times over the course of 10-year relationship, Hunter may have put his father on the phone with any number of different people, and they never once spoke about any business dealings,’ Democratic Rep. Dan Goldman of New York said at the time.
‘As he described it, it was all casual conversation, niceties, the weather, what’s going on. There wasn’t a single conversation about any of the business dealings that Hunter had,’ Goldman noted.
But Republican Chairman James Comer of Kentucky said Archer testified that Joe Biden ‘joined Hunter Biden’s dinners with his foreign business associates in person or by speakerphone over 20 times’ and was put on the phone to sell ‘the brand.’
Comer said the testimony shows ‘Joe Biden lied to the American people when he said he had no knowledge about his son’s business dealings and was not involved. Joe Biden was ‘the brand’ that his son sold around the world to enrich the Biden family.’
The White House has accused Republicans of election-year politics with its impeachment inquiry.
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