Humpty Dumpty Hunter Biden sad saga



Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

All the King’s horses and all the King’s men,

Couldn’t put Humpty back together again.

It may be a half-forgotten old English nursery rhyme, but it applies today.

And we should be thankful that it does if we still believe that in the United States, no man is above the law and that everyone is treated equally.

There would have been hell to pay if Hunter Biden had walked.

Hunter Biden, 54, had a great fall when he was found guilty Tuesday by a jury of his fellow Wilmington, Del., citizens of three felony counts related to his purchase of a gun while addicted to drugs and lying about it on a federal form.

And Joe Biden, like Humpty, could not put Hunter back together again.

The conviction was redeeming, even if it was only the tip of the iceberg as far as Hunter’s long list of wheeling and dealing in the name of his father is concerned.

Hunter must still face serious federal tax evasion charges in California, where he is accused of failing to file at least $1.4 million in taxes.

Like Donald Trump, Hunter is now a convicted felon who could also face prison time, although there is little chance that they would be sharing the same cell.

The verdict showed that despite the immense power at the hands of President Joe Biden, the king, there was little he could do to save Humpty, his son Hunter.

And although Joe Biden has said he would not pardon Hunter, he could change his mind, or commute his sentence after the election. Hunter, who could face prison time, has yet to be sentenced.

A startling irony between the presidencies of Trump and Biden would be that it could be a new President Trump who gets to pardon Hunter and not Joe Biden.

In a sarcastic comment following Hunter’s conviction, Trump tweeted, “Don’t worry Joe — I will save your son after I get elected (for the third time)!”

If nothing else, Hunter’s conviction will put a damper on Joe Biden calling Trump a convicted felon now that he is the father of a fellow convicted felon.

It is the first time in U.S. history that both a former president and a current president’s son are convicted felons.

Hunter Biden would have been better off if he had pleaded guilty since the evidence against him was so clear cut and overwhelming, much of which came from Hunter’s book “Beautiful Things, a Memoir,” as well as his personal laptop.

This is the same laptop the U.S. Justice Department used to convict Hunter that 51 former U.S. intelligence officials claimed was Russian disinformation just before the 2020 election to protect Joe Biden.

Instead, Hunter and his lawyers sought to play up to the emotions of a Wilmington hometown jury to get a Hail Mary hometown verdict. Wilmington is, after all, “Bidonville.”

While Joe Biden did not attend, Biden family and friends holding hands packed the court every day. Biden made do with a pre-trial visit to Haille Biden, widow of the Beau Biden and former Hunter Biden lover, at her home. She was a prosecution witness.

At times some 25 Biden friends and family, including First Lady Jill Biden, occupied the first three rows of the courthouse seated behind Hunter and his defense team.

There were more Bidens in the courtroom than there were jurors, alternate jurors, lawyers, witnesses and court officers.

Jill Biden, 73, Hunter Biden’s stepmother, who attended the trial daily, even broke away from President Biden’s Normandy Day visit to fly home from Paris to attend the trial only to fly back to Paris the next day, not an easy thing to do.

But the Bidens failed to win any sympathy from the jury. “We never talked about the President,” one juror said. “Politics was not a factor in this case.”

Or, as prosecutor Leo Wise said, “People in the gallery are not evidence.”

All the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t put Humpty back together again.

Peter Lucas is a veteran political reporter. Email him at: peter.lucas@bostonherald.com



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