Issues like the economy, immigration and his apparent cognitive decline have helped keep President Joe Biden’s approval rating at or near the lowest point of his presidency in recent polls.
Other issues that might not be at the forefront for as many voters are nevertheless taking a toll on the incumbent’s re-election chances. One notable example is the controversy surrounding his son’s foreign business deals and the role that he might have played in facilitating and benefiting from some of those lucrative arrangements.
According to a new Harvard CAPS/Harris survey, a clear majority of voters believe the president was a participant in Hunter Biden’s business deals. Across the board, three-fifths of respondents said they believe Joe Biden was involved.
While Republicans were the likeliest to provide that response at 81%, 59% of independents agreed as did nearly two-fifths of those in his own party. Similar results have been found in previous polls.
🚨 NEW: 61% of Americans say Joe Biden was involved in Hunter's corrupt business deals — including 64% of independent voters pic.twitter.com/xeyyu30pXb
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GOP lawmakers have been pursuing an investigation into the president’s possible involvement in his son’s suspicious business deals for months, but the issue has not been as widely covered by the mainstream media as some of the other issues plaguing his re-election bid.
House Republicans, including former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) have nevertheless presented updates asserting that their probe has turned up damning evidence.
“Simply put, the American people deserve to know that public officers are not for sale and that the federal government is not being used to cover up the actions of a politically connected family,” McCarthy said earlier this year before his ouster from the position.
More recently, he confirmed that congressional investigators have found even more evidence “because now we’ve got the subpoenas going in to get the bank statements.”
After being elected to replace McCarthy, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) has also expressed a willingness to doggedly pursue evidence of wrongdoing by Joe Biden as it pertains to Hunter Biden’s business entanglements.
“At this stage, our impeachment inquiry has already shown the corrupt conduct of the President’s family, and that he and White House officials have repeatedly lied about his knowledge and involvement in his family’s business activities,” Johnson explained in a statement earlier this month. “It has also exposed the tens of millions of dollars from foreign adversaries being paid to shell companies controlled by the President’s son, brother, and their business associates.”