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- The latest false claim that Hunter Biden was arrested came on April 19, but like the misinformation that came before it, it’s wrong.
Less than a month after we fact-checked a claim that Hunter Biden had been arrested, we’re back at it. There’s new misinformation that the president’s son is in custody.
"Hunter Biden arrested this morning," reads the title of an hour-long video posted April 19 that doesn't actually provide evidence for the claim, but doubles down on the unfounded allegations. Among them: that leading up to the arrest, Biden had been on trial in Delaware for 10 days.
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There’s no evidence to support this claim, but plenty of reasons to doubt it.
The arrest of the president’s son would be big, global news, and there’s no credible reports to speak of.
Though the U.S. attorney’s office in Delaware is overseeing an investigation into Biden’s business dealings, he hasn’t been charged with a crime, and it strains credulity to think that if he really was on trial in Delaware — and on the brink of being arrested — he would attend the White House Easter egg roll, as he did on April 18.
The president has also not commented on the supposed arrest of his son, and that’s because it didn’t happen.
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New York Post, Hunter Biden, son and wife pop up at White House Easter Egg roll, April 18, 2022
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