Hunter Biden says knowing his sobriety could cost his father re-election is the “ultimate test.”
President Joe Biden’s son, 54, revealed that he often thinks about the “profound consequences of failure” if he relapses before the November election.
‘I have something much bigger than myself at stake. “We are in the middle of a fight for the future of democracy,” Hunter said in the rare interview with Axios.
If Hunter were to slip up and start using drugs again, it would have a major impact on President Biden’s re-election efforts this year. Her drug use and his addiction have been a frequent line of attack by conservatives and the MAGA world, pushing the theory that the cocaine found in the White House last year belonged to the first son.
Biden has also privately expressed concern that the daily attacks could take a toll on his family and even cause his son to relapse.
Hunter Biden (left) says he feels a responsibility to stay sober for the sake of his father, President Joe Biden’s (right), reelection against Donald Trump. ‘I have something much bigger than myself at stake. “We are in the middle of a fight for the future of democracy,” he stated.
An image of Hunter Biden’s abandoned hard drive shows him passed out with a crack pipe dangling from his mouth.
“The most important thing is that you have to believe that you are worth the work, or you will never be able to get sober again,” Hunter told Axios about his addiction. “But I often think about the profound consequences of failure here.”
“Maybe it’s the ultimate test for a recovering addict, I don’t know,” he continued.
‘I have always been amazed by people who have stayed clean and sober through tragedies and obstacles that few people face. They are my heroes, my inspiration.’
Getting through the 2024 election clean and sober is a “responsibility” Hunter feels he has to his family.
“I feel a responsibility to everyone fighting for their own recovery to be successful,” Hunter added.
At a September hearing, federal Judge Christopher Burke said Hunter had repeatedly tested negative for drug and alcohol use beginning in August 2023. And he has tested negative since that hearing in the fall, a representative for the legal team told Axios. by Hunter.
Hunter will appear at the Capitol on Wednesday for closed-door questioning by the House Oversight and Judiciary committees. Previously, Hunter Biden said he would only appear for questioning at the Capitol if he were public.
His overseas businesses, as well as his actions while battling addiction between 2013 and 2018, will be the focus of his testimony this week.
Republicans seeking to impeach President Biden claim he used his office to enrich his family. But specifically they are looking for strong evidence that Biden influenced foreign policy to the financial benefit of his family.
In July 2023, Hunter said in federal court, under oath, that he has been sober since June 2019.
President Biden has privately expressed concern that the daily attacks could take a toll on his family and even cause his son to relapse. Pictured: Joe and Hunter Biden hug after their first son’s birthday dinner at The Ivy in Los Angeles, California on February 4, 2024.
An image from Hunter Biden’s leaked hard drive shows him posing naked holding a gun at his side.
But Hunter has lied before about his drug use.
On a federal form to purchase a firearm in 2018, Hunter said he did not use illicit substances. But in his own memoir, he detailed a timeline of his drug use and his battle with narcotics, which included the time of his purchase of the gun.
As part of the promotional blitz for his book Beautiful Things, Hunter told CBS News that at one point he was “smoking crack 24 hours a day.”
Video discovered on Hunter’s abandoned hard drive shows him naked and brandishing a gun in a hotel room in 2018, allegedly five days after purchasing the gun.
“I don’t care if you’re 10 years sober, two years sober, two months sober, or 200 years sober — your brain, on some level, is always telling you there’s still an answer,” Hunter told Axios about his daily struggle with addiction. addiction. .
Hunter said in a firearms report (above) required for his gun transaction that he did not use illicit drugs, but a timeline in his book details his crack cocaine use during the time of the purchase. A photo of the form shows that he answered “no” when asked if he was an “illegal user or addict of marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic or any other controlled substance.”