'I Was Very Clear': Karine Jean-Pierre Clears The Air On Joe Biden Pardoning His Son Hunter

On Friday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre clarified whether or not President Joe Biden would pardon his son Hunter Biden since the younger received three indictments related to a gun purchase. 

As previously covered by the DC Enquirer, Hunter Biden was indicted on Thursday by Special Counsel David Weiss on three counts related to a 2018 purchase of a firearm. In the purchase, Hunter lied on the form, indicating that he was not a drug addict despite actively using narcotics. 

During the White House press briefing, a reporter asked Jean-Pierre, “Will the president pardon or commute his son if he is convicted?”

"So I've answered this question before. It was asked of me not too long ago — a couple of weeks ago — and I was very clear, and I said no," Jean-Pierre responded, per Fox News. Her response is the first official response from the White House since the Thursday indictment, though President Joe Biden himself has yet to say anything publicly related to the matter.

As covered by the DC Enquirer, the press secretary received the same question in July when potential charges began to surface against Hunter Biden in a federal investigation. Hunter, at one point, had a sweetheart deal that could have gotten the younger Biden out of trouble but it eventually fell through. 

During the same press briefing, she addressed the continued concern on whether or not Joe Biden will be mentally fit enough to serve as president if reelected in 2024. 

“I get asked this question about once a week, I don't know, I lose track,” Jean-Pierre said, per the Daily Mail. “This is a president, if you think about it - in 2019, he got the same criticism, in 2020, he got the same criticism, in 2022, he got the same criticism. And every time he beats the naysayers.”

She also joked that “80 is the new 40,” though the joke didn’t exactly land with those in attendance. 

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