Former United States Vice President Joe Biden announced his candidacy for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination last week. Biden already leads Donald Trump in a head-to-head matchup by seven percentage points, per a national average of polls compiled by Real Clear Politics. In fact, in every Biden vs. Trump matchup poll taken since February — a total of nine polls by seven different polling organizations — Barack Obama’s vice president leads Trump by at least five and as many as 13 percentage points. These polls appear to indicate that if the election were held now, Biden would vanquish Trump in a landslide.
Trump has seemingly taken notice, per a report published Thursday by The Atlantic Monthly. Writer Peter Nicholas claims that, “Team Trump sees Biden as a genuine threat to the 45th president’s second term.” The article goes on to claim that Trump and his allies have come up with a strategy to weaken Biden.
The Trump team allegedly plans to attack Biden’s only living child, his 49-year-old son, Hunter Biden. Several Trump allies told Peter Nicholas that Hunter Biden brings “liabilities” to Biden’s campaign, and that they consider him fair game for political attacks.
“You’ll notice the left doesn’t mind going after Don Jr.,” Trump ally — and former Speaker of the House — Newt Gingrich once remarked to Nicholas. “So it’s a little bit late for them to say it’s unfair.”
Biden has fathered three children, all with his first wife, Neilia. But a 13-month-old daughter, Naomi, was killed in a 1972 traffic accident that also killed Neilia Biden, as Politico has recounted. The older of Biden’s two sons, Beau Biden, died of brain cancer in 2015, leaving Hunter Biden as Joe’s last remaining child.
But in 2014, Hunter Biden was discharged from the U.S. Navy Reserves after a positive result on a test for cocaine, as The Wall Street Journal reported.
More recently, Hunter Biden — a lawyer — served on the board of a Ukrainian oil company. Now, according to The New York Times, Trump allies plan to make the younger Biden’s work in Ukraine a target for campaign attacks, claiming that when then-Vice President Biden led a U.S. effort to stop corruption in Ukraine, he was actually doing so to benefit his son.
While there is no hard evidence to back up the assertion, Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is actively promoting this line of attack. Guiliani is calling for an investigation, and is claiming a “Ukraine conspiracy,” in a Thursday Twitter post.
Harvard Law professor and constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe, also on Twitter, accused Giuliani and Trump of “corruptly pushing” Attorney General William Barr to “weaponize” the Department of Justice by using it to investigate the Biden family.
At a Wednesday Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, California Senator Kamala Harris, as The Inquisitr reported, questioned Barr as to whether Trump or anyone at the White House had “suggested” that he open investigations into “anyone.” But Barr declined to answer the question, saying, “I don’t know.”