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Hunter Biden plea deal: Republicans hit out at US president’s son over minor federal charges – as it happened | Donald Trump

Hunter Biden plea deal: Republicans hit out at US president’s son over minor federal charges – as it happened | Donald Trump
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Summary

That wraps up today’s US politics blog! Here’s what happened today:

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  • The White House has announced that Joe Biden, Jill Biden, Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff will “participate in a political event with reproductive rights groups” this Friday, 23 June, nearly a year after the overturning of Roe V Wade.
  • The first Republic primary debate will take place on 23 August in Milwaukee, where the Republican National Convention will take place in 2024, reported Politico. Fox News will be hosting the first debate.

  • House speaker Kevin McCarthy says DoJ should turn over the records from its investigation into Hunter Biden to the Republican-controlled House oversight committee, which has its own investigation going into the president’s son.

  • McCarthy has called Hunter Biden’s plea agreement with DoJ a “sweetheart deal”, adding that the latest filings should ramp up investigations into Joe Biden given the latest charges.

  • Donald Trump responded via his social media platform to the news about Hunter Biden, with characteristically blunt populist-speak: “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!”

  • A White House spokesperson said in a statement: “The President and First Lady love their son and support him as he continues to rebuild his life. We will have no further comment.”

  • Hunter Biden will plead guilty to federal crimes as part of a plea agreement with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) to resolve tax and federal firearm crimes.

  • Judge Aileen Cannon, overseeing Donald Trump’s federal criminal case over his keeping classified documents at Mar-a-Lago after leaving office, has set a trial date of August 14 this year.

Here is our full report on Hunter Biden:

Thank you for reading! Come back tomorrow for more updates.

Updated at 16.15 EDT

The first Republic primary debate will take place on 23 August in Milwaukee, where the Republican National Convention will take place in 2024, reported Politico.

Fox News will be hosting the first debate, which will be moderated by Fox News anchors Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum.

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It is still unclear which candidates will meet the strict threshold for participation in the Republican primary debate.

The Republican National Committee requires that candidates receive donations from at least 40,000 contributors. Those interested in participating in the debate must also poll above 1% in at least three national polls or two national polls and one state poll.

Additionally, debate participants must secure “at least 200 unique donors per state or territory in 20+ states and/or territories.”

Read the full article here.

Updated at 15.39 EDT

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McCarthy has given more comments on Hunter Biden’s plea deal, asking why Donald Trump faces prison time while Hunter Biden doesn’t.

From CNN’s Manu Raju:

McCarthy says “I’m not conflating” Trump and Hunter cases but says of Hunter: “There’s no time for him to serve. Remember, they said no prison time but they’re trying to put President Trump in prison?”

“You talk about equal justice here” pic.twitter.com/PDEu1cQtrl

— Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 20, 2023

“For DOJ now to say there’s still an investigation? That’s unacceptable. …We have the constitutional right to investigate and to oversee any investigation that you have or any information we need,” he said, adding DOJ “can’t now stand behind there’s an investigation going on”

— Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 20, 2023

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Trump is facing 37 federal criminal charges while Biden is pleading guilty to tax misdemeanors and a federal gun crime.

Updated at 15.39 EDT

More on Donald Trump’s classified document trial.

Here’s an explainer from the Guardian’s Richard Luscombe on Aileen Cannon, the Florida judge who will oversee Donald Trump’s federal classified documents case and set the 14 August trial date.

Aileen Cannon, the Florida district judge assigned to oversee Donald Trump’s classified documents case, initially at least, was appointed to the federal bench by the former president three years ago, and gave him a favorable ruling at an earlier hearing last year.
But Cannon was later rebuked by an appeals court panel for granting Trump’s request for an independent special master to review the documents. That action slowed the justice department’s investigation and prompted questions over her impartiality.
On Thursday, Cannon’s name was listed on the summons sent to Trump’s lawyers announcing his indictment, indicating she will be in charge of the timing and progression of hearings.
There is no certainty she will remain on the case. And next Tuesday’s first hearing in Miami is expected to be held in front of magistrate judge Bruce Reinhart, who signed the original warrant authorizing an FBI search of Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Florida home.
But while she is the assigned jurist, Cannon, 42, will have broad authority to control almost every aspect, including which evidence is admissible, the ability to slow down or speed up proceedings, and even the legal viability of the justice department’s case.

Read the full article here.

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The White House has announced that Joe Biden, Jill Biden, Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff will “participate in a political event with reproductive rights groups” this Friday, 23 June.

Last year on Friday, 24 June, the US supreme court ruled in the case Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a key case out of Mississippi that included the explicit urging for the court to overturn Roe v Wade, which it did.

Roe was the historic ruling by that highest court in the US in 1973 that introduced the federal right to an abortion.

So Potus, Flotus, Veep and Sgotus clearly plan to make a high-profile mark this Friday to register their support for a woman’s right to choose her own reproductive health options in the US and whether to carry a baby or seek a termination.

Pushing back against the rightwing drive to ban abortion and that pivotal decision by the conservative-dominated supreme court has been a vote winner for the Democrats ever since.

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Guardian US is engaged in bringing you original stories in our special series this week, A Year Without Roe. Check it out!

Updated at 15.20 EDT

Usually when the White House issues an ICYMI notice, most had not missed whatever it was. But given that yesterday was the Juneteenth holiday and there was/is a small kerfuffle about a missing submersible in the vicinity of the Titanic, folks may have missed the president’s remarks yesterday about action to tackle the climate crisis.

Joe Biden was in Palo Alto, California, yesterday. The White House reminds us that:

During his visit, the President announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is launching a first-ever $575 million Climate Resilience Regional Challenge to help coastal and Great Lakes communities, including Tribal communities in those regions, become more resilient to extreme weather and other impacts of the climate crisis.
The funding will support innovative coastal resilience and adaptation solutions, such as building natural infrastructure, planning and preparing for community-led relocation, and protecting public access to coastal natural resources, that protect communities and ecosystems from sea level rise, tidal flooding hurricanes, storm surge, among other severe climate impacts.
In addition, the President highlighted a $2.3 billion investment in states, Territories, Tribes, and the District of Columbia over the next five years to bolster grid resilience across the country. The President also announced that later this year, he will convene local, state, Tribal, and territorial leaders for a White House climate resilience summit, where leaders will develop a roadmap for ensuring we build more climate-resilient communities all across America.

The Guardian is huge on covering the climate crisis, you can dip into any of our stories on the relevant section of our site, here.

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Joe Biden speaks at the Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center and Preserve in Palo Alto, Calif., Monday, June 19, 2023. Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP

Interim summary

Hello politics live blog readers, it’s been a lively morning in US political news and there’s a lot more to come, so please do stick with us as we bring you all the developments as they happen.

Here’s where things stand:

  • House speaker Kevin McCarthy says DoJ should turn over the records from its investigation into Hunter Biden to the Republican-controlled House oversight committee, which has its own investigation going into the president’s son.
  • McCarthy has called Hunter Biden’s plea agreement with DoJ a “sweetheart deal”, adding that the latest filings should ramp up investigations into Joe Biden.

  • Donald Trump responded via his social media platform to the news about Hunter Biden, with characteristically blunt populist-speak: “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!”

  • A White House spokesperson said in a statement: “The President and First Lady love their son and support him as he continues to rebuild his life. We will have no further comment.”

  • Hunter Biden will plead guilty to federal crimes as part of a plea agreement with the Department of Justice (DoJ) to resolve tax and firearm crimes.

  • Judge Aileen Cannon, presiding in Donald Trump’s federal criminal case over his keeping classified documents at Mar-a-Lago after leaving office and allegedly refusing to return them and obstructing the related investigation, has set a trial date of August 14 this year. Trump was only arraigned on dozens of charges last week.

Amid charges filed against Hunter Biden, Republicans are urging for a ramped up investigation into Biden. A May article from the Guardian’s David Smith gives context on the lack of evidence from such an investigation.

Comer has also said he obtained thousands of pages of financial records showing that at least nine members of the Biden family – including the president’s son, Hunter, and brother, James – allegedly exploited the Biden name in their business dealings by accepting money from foreign nationals in China and Romania.
The oversight committee chairman followed up with an eagerly hyped press conference this week, stating in an interim report that some Biden family members, associates and their companies received more than $10m from foreign entities between 2015 and 2017.
Hunter, a lawyer, received more than $1m from a company controlled by Romanian businessman Gabriel Popoviciu, who was the subject of a criminal investigation and prosecution for corruption in Romania.
But the financial records showed no evidence that Biden himself acted improperly or took any official action because of his family’s business affairs. Nor, despite the claims of “influence peddling”, did they demonstrate actual wrongdoing by the Biden family. The press conference was widely ignored or panned.
David Brock, president of Facts First USA, a non-profit watchdog, said afterwards: “The reality is we don’t even have a scandal here, much less Watergate.

Read the full article here.

Updated at 15.23 EDT
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A new CNN poll found that support for Trump has fallen slightly after his arrest on federal charges, but that the former president still leads support ahead of the Republican primary.

47% of Republicans and Republican-leaning voters said that Trump was their top candidate for the 2024 Republican primary. The figure is down from 53%, from a May CNN poll.

Trump’s favorability among Republican voters also dipped following federal indictment charges, from 77% in May to 67% in the latest poll.

The percentage of Republican voters who say they will not support Trump under any circumstances has increased, from 16% in May to 23%.

Read the full CNN article here.

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Donald Trump has said that, if elected in 2024, his family would not serve in his administration.

Trump confirmed that his family would not join his administration as it would be “too painful” for them, said the former president in a Fox interview on Monday night.

“My family’s been through hell. I mean, they have — Eric, my son, who’s a fine boy. You know him very well. … We were doing beautifully. Then I decide to run for president. I don’t think anybody in the world in history has ever had more subpoenas sent to him,” said Trump said during the Fox interview, referring to criminal investigations looking into alleged the Trump Organization.

Trump added: “Nobody has been through what my family has been through. Ivanka had a really successful line of clothing, I mean, making a fortune. When I did this, she closed it up. She sort of felt she had to, but she closed it up.”

Ivanka, Trump’s daughter, and her husband Jared Kushner both served in advisory roles during Trump’s tenure.

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Read the full article from the Hill here.

McCarthy says DoJ should turn over Hunter Biden records to House Oversight committee

McCarthy added that the Department of Justice should have to turn over records to the House Oversight committee for their ongoing investigation into Hunter Biden.

“The DOJ should not be able to withhold any information now, saying that because a pending investigation, they should be able to provide Chairman Comer with any information that he requires,” said McCarthy.

From CNN’s Manu Raju:

McCarthy says DOJ has to turn over records to House Oversight for Biden probe.

“The DOJ should not be able to withhold any information now, saying that because a pending investigation, they should be able to provide Chairman Comer with any information that he requires.”

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— Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 20, 2023

Updated at 13.19 EDT

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Published: 2023-06-20 21:15:24

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