WASHINGTON — He may need his own pardon soon.
First son Hunter Biden, who has used the Secret Service code name “Chieftain,” appeared Monday at his father’s Thanksgiving turkey pardon — as House Republicans vow to investigate President Biden’s role in his family’s foreign influence-peddling.
The 52-year-old chief of the Biden family’s international business dealings carried his 2-year-old son, Beau, to meet the white-feathered turkeys Chocolate and Chip on the White House lawn before the elder Biden “pardoned” them.
Hunter Biden also was at the White House on Saturday for the wedding of his eldest child, daughter Naomi, who reportedly lives at the executive mansion.
The 19th wedding in White House history was closed to the press in a break from historical practice — and reporters were unable to question the first son at the turkey pardon due to the press being relegated to the distant rear of the audience.
Last week, the incoming Republican leaders of the House Oversight and Judiciary committees — Reps. James Comer of Kentucky and Jim Jordan of Ohio, respectively — said they would launch investigations of the president’s role in his son’s business dealings.
As vice president from 2009 to 2017 and before he ran for president in 2020, Joe Biden met repeatedly with Hunter Biden and first brother James Biden’s foreign business contacts as well as Americans who partnered with them.
“This committee will evaluate whether this president is compromised or swayed by foreign dollars. This is an investigation of Joe Biden,” Comer said at a Nov. 17 press conference.
Republicans have also called for the Justice Department to establish a special counsel to take over the investigation of Hunter Biden for possible tax fraud, illegal foreign lobbying, money laundering and potentially lying on a federal gun purchase form.
On Friday, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel, veteran prosecutor Jack Smith, to take over ongoing investigations into former President Donald Trump — with Garland noting that Trump’s announcement days earlier of a presidential run played a key role in his decision.
Biden has denied making any money from his son’s overseas business deals and the White House says he stands by his 2019 claim that he has never even discussed the enterprises with his son — despite evidence that he has interacted with Hunter and James Biden’s associates from China, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Russia and Ukraine.
Hunter Biden often solicited work in countries where his father held sway as vice president — including Ukraine, where Hunter earned up to $1 million per year from energy company Burisma despite no relevant industry experience while his dad ran the Obama administration’s Ukraine policy.
Online business records indicate the first son still holds a 10% stake in BHR Partners, a Chinese state-backed private equity firm that manages $2.1 billion in assets and takes a prominent role in acquiring overseas assets.
Hunter Biden co-founded BHR Partners in 2013, within weeks of joining then-Vice President Biden aboard Air Force Two on an official trip to Beijing, according to the Wall Street Journal. Hunter introduced his dad to incoming BHR CEO Jonathan Li in a hotel lobby and Joe Biden later wrote college recommendation letters for Li’s children.
In a different Chinese venture, Hunter and James Biden earned $4.8 million from CEFC China Energy — an arm of Beijing’s foreign-influence “Belt and Road” initiative — in 2017 and 2018, according to the Washington Post.
A May 2017 email about the CEFC partnership says the “big guy” was due a 10% cut.
Documents from Hunter Biden’s former laptop indicate that Joe Biden attended a 2015 dinner at DC’s Cafe Milano to which his son invited an array of associates — including a Burisma executive, a trio of Kazakhstani businessmen and Russian billionaire Yelena Baturina and her husband, ex-Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov.
Baturina allegedly paid $3.5 million in 2014 to a firm associated with Hunter Biden and remains one of just a handful of Russian billionaires not to face US sanctions in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
No. 3 House Republican Elise Stefanik (R-NY) told The Post in an interview last month that Republicans would attempt to acquire visitor logs from Joe Biden’s Delaware homes, where he has spent more than a quarter of his days as president meeting with unknown individuals.
“Republicans need to stand up for transparency and we need to not hesitate to use our subpoena power and use every tool possible to demand transparency to root out corruption at every single level,” Stefanik said.