Former President Donald J. Trump said that the indictment of Hunter Biden is a “sad thing” for the country in a clip from his upcoming interview with new “Meet the Press” host Kristen Welker that aired on Thursday.
Earlier in the day, the political world was rocked when it was announced that special counsel David Weiss had indicted the younger Biden on three felony gun charges including making false statements about his drug addiction when he purchased the firearm, charges that could have been nicely wrapped up before his “sweetheart” plea deal with the feds fell apart in July.
Welker, who just assumed the helm of the NBC Sunday morning flagship from longtime host Chuck Todd, sat down for a talk with the embattled 2024 Republican frontrunner that would have likely been inconceivable with her hyperpartisan predecessor, and one topic was the “breaking news” of the Hunter Biden charges.
WATCH: Kristen Welker asks fmr. President Trump about Hunter Biden’s indictment on gun charges.
Welker: “Can you continue to say that there are two systems of justice?”
Trump: “There’s no question about it. He had a plea deal that was the deal of the century.” pic.twitter.com/UfZqqJO3YB
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) September 14, 2023
“Let’s talk about the breaking news today. We learned just a short time ago that the president’s son, Hunter Biden, was indicted by a federal grand jury on three gun charges. Given that, Mr. President, can you continue to say that there are two systems of justice?” Welker asked, implying that the paltry charges against President Biden’s son somehow offset the relentless legal persecution that Trump has faced.
“Well, I think there’s no question about it. He had a plea deal that was the deal of the century. The art of the deal, you could write a book on it. The art of the deal. And all of a sudden it was broken up by a judge who was able to – a brilliant judge, actually – who was able to see through what was happening,” he replied, referring to Judge Maryellen Noreika who raised questions about the terms of the plea agreement.
“And it’s a sad situation,” Trump continued. “I mean, nobody should be happy about this. I’m not happy about it. Nobody is. It’s a very sad thing and bad for our country. But you know, if you think about it, I’ve been under investigation from the day I came down the escalator. A phony investigation. Fake investigations. Investigations that I beat every single time. Still under investigations.”
“But it’s a very sad thing. And it’s a slippery slope, and dangerous, very dangerous for our country,” the former president said.
Trump also explained why he chose not to pardon himself before leaving office, potentially sparing himself from the relentless onslaught from the Biden Justice Department and vindictive leftist prosecutors in New York City and Fulton County, Georgia.
EXCLUSIVE: Fmr. Pres. Trump tells Kristen Welker that he was “given an option to pardon” himself before leaving office.
Trump: “I had a couple of attorneys that said, ‘You can do it if you want.’ … I said, ‘The last thing I’d ever do is give myself a pardon.’” pic.twitter.com/nrdUZJMFp8
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) September 15, 2023
The preview whets the appetite of viewers who will have to tune in to Welker’s “Meet the Press” debut on Sunday morning for the entire conversation.
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