Let’s dig into President Joe Biden’s interview with David Muir on ABC

June 7 – President Joe Biden sat down with ABC’s David Muir in Normandy yesterday and some interesting information came out of it. 

One question was are American weapons being used right now inside of Russia? 

Biden said, “They’re authorized to be used in proximity to the border. We’re not authorizing strikes 200 miles into Russia. We’re not authorizing strikes on Moscow, on the Kremlin.”

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM suggested, “If you’ve got kids, you’ve got grandkids, you’ve got teenagers and as election season rolls around here, it’s shocking. Think about those beautiful grandbabies and the future and the clear, distinct difference between the occupant and his party and the former president.”

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “It’s incredible, isn’t it? If you watched that interview, they aired much of it on World News Tonight last night on ABC. They’re going to air more of it today. Again, you just wonder, is there a disconnect here with the president? I thought at times during the interview just stylistically he was very hard to understand. He talked in a very low voice. You would struggle to hear him, but these comments about Moscow are naturally raising a lot of eyebrows, getting a lot of attention. Will the White House clean up today? He is still in Normandy today. He’s giving another big speech over there. There are events all day there today and again tomorrow, actually, but I would not be surprised if you see the White House through a spokesperson issuing a clarification statement on that Russian comment from yesterday.”

Ryan added, “He didn’t look good at all on stage. There were a couple of what some are reporting as embarrassing moments on stage and then Jill shuffled him off stage and left Macron there to greet some of the treasured heroes.”

Barkdoll said, “Watching the speech I noticed there was a lot of coughing. I don’t know what that’s about. I have not noticed that as pronounced as I did yesterday, but every few minutes he would step away from the mic and would be coughing, so I don’t know what might be going on there.”

Also during the Muir interview, Biden claimed he will not pardon his son, Hunter, if he is found guilty for the various charges against him. 

Barkdoll said, “He also said he will accept the verdict in Delaware, whatever that jury comes back with. I’ve thought for a while now Joe Biden would likely pardon Hunter and that would be kind of the escape out of all of this. This is obviously not legally binding. It’s only an interview with ABC, but it’s the first time he’s weighed in saying that he wouldn’t get involved.” 

Ryan noted, “Yeah, well, Joe Biden is also running again for a second term. You also don’t think that that’s going to be something that’ll happen there. So if they do yank him out, then he can pardon Hunter. So you say you’re running, but you’re really not and you say you’re not going to pardon Hunter, but you really are.”

Barkdoll said, “I wish Muir would have followed up. I was glad Muir asked the question. But here’s another thing that did not come up. He could say I’m not pardoning Hunter. But he didn’t say he wouldn’t commute his sentence and that’s a different animal. So he could thread the needle if he’s convicted and sent to jail, he could issue a commutation, which is different than a pardon and Muir didn’t ask him about that. So there’s that option that would still presumably be on the table.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “What a horrific thing to do that after saying I wouldn’t pardon him because people would be saying, yeah, you know that that’s what people were wondering, if you would do anything special for him. It’s not just technically a pardon, but you’re right. He could do that. I certainly didn’t think of that when he made that comment. But I also wonder if he’s not very aware that this sentence for Trump is hanging out there and I honestly, I’m sorry, I do believe the way this judge behaved all through this trial, that he will stick his finger in the air and think of the political implications when he makes that sentence. We’re far out of the realm of justice here and this case, of course, will be overturned on appeal, unless all judges up the line have been utterly compromised out of what is correct to do under the law and the Constitution. But I think he’s very aware that he has to say something like that and it makes me worry that they are going to go ahead and slap a ridiculous sentence on Trump considering the whole situation, no prior record, his age, the fact he was president, the fact that he’s the candidate for the Republican Party. You would think any sane judge would say, I’m going to go for the minimum. That would be the best thing for the country, but I’m afraid maybe Biden knows they’re not going to go for the minimum so he has to act like he’s not going to do anything special for his son.” 

Barkdoll said, “July 11 will be the sentencing for Trump and in the meantime, the probation authorities in New York will work up what’s called a pre-sentence report. That will also contain a recommendation. Many judges do give a lot of deference to what the probation department recommends. We still don’t know what Alvin Bragg is going to recommend. But tying that to Joe Biden’s comments yesterday, could these comments now to David Muir be strategic? Maybe he does feel that these were strategic answers in light of this Trump sentencing that’s on the horizon. That is going to be a huge day in about four weeks. That’s going to be a huge news day, whatever the judge does with that sentence.”