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California Governor Gavin Newsom this week downplayed allegations that President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, used his father to generate lucrative business deals, effectively saying that this type of influence peddling is common.
Newsom made the remarks during an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash when asked about Republicans launching an impeachment inquiry into the president.
“Republicans have shown that Hunter Biden, he tried to leverage his father’s name and that the president allegedly, before he was president, joined phone calls that Hunter Biden’s business associates were on,” Bash said. “Do you see anything inappropriate there?”
“I don’t know enough about the details of that. I mean, I’ve seen a little of that,” Newsom claimed. “If that’s the new criteria, there are a lot of folks in a lot of industries, not just in politics, where people have family members and relationships and they’re trying to parlay and get a little influence and benefit in that respect. That’s hardly unique. I don’t love that any more than you love it or other people I imagine love that.”
“We want to see a lot less of that, but an impeachment inquiry? Give me a break,” he continued. “This is student government. Student government. Threatening debt again, or rather threatening a government shutdown again after we went through that process with the debt ceiling? This is student government. This is a joke. Ready, fire, aim? I mean, this is a perversity of what the Founding Fathers ever conceived of and imagined. So, if that’s the best they can do, give me a break.”