Should Hunter Biden be the Focus of House GOP Investigations?
Summary from AllSides News Team
House Republicans are planning an investigation into the Biden family. As a result, the president’s son, Hunter, is back in the news. Hunter Biden has been mired in scandals reported mostly by outlets on the right since before the 2020 election, and the new investigation is sparking more debate on the potential ties between Hunter’s foreign dealings and his father’s administration.
Key Quote: Announcing the investigation, Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) stated, “this is an investigation of Joe Biden and why he lied to the American people about his knowledge and participation in his family’s international business schemes.”
From the Right: The Washington Examiner (Lean Right Bias) cited a poll determining low-interest in a Hunter Biden investigation to state that not all voters believe this investigation “should be of top priority,” instead pointing to other planned investigations into the withdrawal from Afghanistan and the national response to COVID-19. David Harsanyi echoed this, calling the investigation a “questionable” political move, but determined Republicans “have a duty to ‘democracy’ to investigate.”
From the Left: Broadly, the left has been dismissive of the Hunter Biden story, with some major outlets only recently reporting on it. An opinion piece in the Daily Beast framed the political maneuvering surrounding the investigation, calling it a “crusade to tarnish President Joe Biden’s character” and outlining how Democrats are preparing to respond.
From the Center: Matt Lewis sought to bridge divides with an article in February, acknowledging the political motivations of Republicans while outlining the validity of their suspicions.
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From the RightProbing Biden family corruption is GOP’s duty to democracy
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From the CenterYou Might Not Like It, but Hunter Biden’s Shenanigans Are Real News
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The troubled presidential scion is in the news again and raising questions about his father, President Joe Biden. This unwanted attention has also renewed questions about the media’s relative lack of interest in the younger Biden’s highly questionable business interests during the 2020 presidential election.
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From the LeftDemocrats Are Ready for GOP to Make Hunter Biden the New Benghazi
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