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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki addressed for the first time Wednesday the possibility of President Joe Biden pardoning his son Hunter, who was indicted in December on charges of tax fraud.
Psaki was asked at Wednesday’s press briefing if the president was considering a pardon for his son. She noted that “the president has not, himself, gone through the process of a pardon or a commutation” and that “there is a process for individuals to apply, as is typically the case.”
Psaki also noted that she was unfamiliar with the details of the case and did not provide any indication of whether Biden would be considering a pardon.
Hunter was indicted on two counts of federal tax fraud in December. He is accused of failing to pay taxes on his overseas income. The case is currently pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
The White House’s comments on Wednesday mark the first time the Biden administration has addressed the possibility of a presidential pardon for Hunter. President Biden previously suggested that his son should be “held accountable” for any wrongdoing and said he would leave decisions about the case to the Department of Justice.