Hunter Biden, son of US President Joe Biden, arrives at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, DC, US, on Tuesday, July 4, 2023. The US Supreme Court last week tossed out President Biden's plan to slash the student debt of more than 40 million people, rejecting one of his signature initiatives as exceeding his power.
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Weekend Media Wrap, Vol. 4: What You Missed If You Weren’t Glued To The Sunday Shows

Every Sunday morning, legacy media outlets are taken over by elected officials, aspiring elected officials, administration insiders, and the usual collection of talking heads — all of whom are there to discuss specific policies, push talking points, or simply promote their own campaigns.

For those who don’t spend their Sunday mornings glued to the television — and their Sunday afternoons attempting to unravel a full week’s worth of network and cable news media spin — The Daily Wire has compiled a short summary of what they may have missed.

ABC News, “This Week”:

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) made a Sunday morning appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” where  he conceded that the road to appointing a special counsel — U.S. Attorney David Weiss — in Hunter Biden’s case had been “bumpy.”

Raskin correctly stated that his Republican colleagues had been calling for months for there to be a special counsel appointed to oversee Hunter Biden’s case, but then acted as though he did not understand why they would be upset — or at least wary — that Weiss was named to that position.

The concern, among many Republicans, is that Weiss already had a chance to prosecute Hunter Biden — and instead had been the architect behind a plea deal so sweet that the judge threw it out.

In another highlight of Raskin’s interview, the Maryland Democrat responded to repeated questions about President Joe Biden’s embattled son by promising a report — that would address former President Donald Trump and potential violations of the emoluments clause.

ABC contributor Rachel Bade doubled down on Raskin’s comments, calling it “hypocrisy” and “peak Washington” that Republicans objected to Weiss’ appointment — and then she went on to claim that Republicans were probably also upset that Merrick Garland had taken away one of their “top talking points” by naming a special counsel in Hunter’s case.

CBS News, “Face the Nation”:

Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) spoke with CBS host Margaret Brennan on Sunday’s broadcast of “Face the Nation,” where he voiced a number of specific concerns that he and others in his party share over the fact that Weiss was named special counsel in the Hunter Biden case.

Among those concerns, Turner said, was the fact that Weiss had “allowed the statute of limitations to expire on some very critical felony charges that could have been brought against Hunter Biden.”

Turner also voiced concerns about the money President Biden has freed up for Iran, saying that Congress should be considering the possibility that such a deal could also have been “part of a broader deal concerning Iran’s enrichment program … If that becomes a secret deal, then that that’s obviously a great concern to Congress.”

CNN, “State of the Union”:

Rep. Dan Goldman — who shot to fame as the attorney arguing for Trump’s impeachment — told CNN anchor Jake Tapper that he was ready to see the wheels of justice turn in Hunter Biden’s case. “If Hunter Biden committed crimes, he should be charged with them,” he said.

His comments come just days after — in the wake of Devon Archer’s claims about then-Vice President Biden speaking with Hunter’s foreign business associates — Goldman insisted to multiple media outlets that those conversations amounted to nothing more than “niceties” and conversations about “the weather.”

The White House continues to claim that Biden did not discuss business with Hunter or his partners.

NBC News, “Meet the Press”:

Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) — who’s thought to be considering his own primary challenge against Biden — told “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd that he would like to see someone take a run at offering Democrats another choice.

Omitting Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA) — who already appears to be positioning himself to take that role — Phillips suggested a “moderate” governor like J.B. Pritzker (D-IL), who has a reputation for being anything but moderate.

FOX, “Fox News Sunday”:

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman — Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) — joined anchor Shannon Bream on “Fox News Sunday” to discuss the recent forum held for the Gold-Star families who lost loved ones during the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan.

“I will not rest until we do get answers and accountability and transparency as to what happened,” McCaul promised. “How did this go so wrong? And the Gold Star families are the best, you know, witnesses to this nightmare. They lost their 13 servicemen and women, Abbey Gate. We had the testimony of Tyler Vargas-Andrews, who said, ‘I had the suicide bomber in my sights, but I was not given permission to engage him.’ And after that, the bomb went off killing 170 people, 13 servicemen and women.”

“And Shannon, this is sort of news breaking. We just have reported today a member of my staff Jerry Dunleavy with his book, ‘Kabul,’ that U.S. intelligence had ISIS-K in their sights, knowing they were plotting to take out Abbey Gate on the very same day that it was taken down when the suicide bomber went off,” McCaul continued. “They asked the Taliban to go in, our U.S. military, the Taliban denied. U.S. intelligence requested an airstrike. Guess what, that airstrike was denied, was denied to go in and take out the very forces that then killed our 13 servicemen and women. This story gets worse by the day. And I will not rest until we get to the bottom of it.”

MSNBC, “Inside With Jen Psaki”:

Governor Jared Polis (D-CO) joined former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on her MSNBC show “Inside with Jen Psaki” — and he spent his time there arguing that former President Donald Trump was responsible for the extreme partisanship that marks the current political climate.

“If there is a market for sowing division, discord, and doubting the motives of those on the other side, some politicians will rise to that and market in that,” he said.

Polis suggested that Trump — and by a lesser extent, Republicans — were the ones engaging in such marketing. He made no mention of prominent Democrats who referred to the “other side” as a “basket of deplorables,” told black Americans they weren’t black if they voted for the other party, or spent years undermining the integrity of the 2016 presidential election.

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