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Biden pushes up against ethics rules by promoting son Hunter’s book

Hunter Biden is still causing trouble for his dad, even when he is trying to do something good.

According to the Washington Examiner:

The blurring of personal and professional lines continued over the weekend when President Biden was asked about the memoir during his pre-Super Bowl interview with CBS.

“The honesty with which he stepped forward and talked about the problem, and the hope that — it gave me hope reading it. I mean, it was like, ‘My boy’s back.’ You know what I mean? Anyway, I’m sorry to get so personal,” Biden said before appearing to get choked up.

Many commentators focused on Biden’s emotional display. Others, such as former Obama administration U.S. Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub, fixated instead on the ethical dilemma posed by a president ostensibly publicizing his son’s forthcoming tome.

“It is not acceptable for the President of the United States to be part of the book promotion tour. No,” Shaub wrote in a now-deleted tweet.

Though Shaub took the post down, Scott Amey, general counsel for the Project On Government Oversight, a nonprofit organization specializing in uncovering ethical conflicts, agreed with his since-erased criticism of Biden’s remarks.

“It’s hard to ask President Biden to stop being a proud father, but ethics starts from the top,” Amey told the Washington Examiner in an email.

Amey did note that an anti-endorsement ethics provision doesn’t apply to the president. But he said Biden put himself in a compromising situation by weighing in on his son’s memoir, despite rolling out a wave of ethics rules for his federal employees to keep his promise to “restore” ethics to the White House.

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