A White House ethics chief warned Joe Biden that he needs to separate himself from son Hunter quickly

Now that the GOP has taken control of the House the Hunter Biden investigation is heating up.

And Hunter has finally admitted the lurid laptop is his.

That’s why a White House ethics chief warned Joe Biden that he needs to separate himself from son Hunter quickly.

The DOJ sat on the Hunter laptop scandal for years.

They even denied its existence before the 2020 elections giving Joe Biden a boost, and likely the White House.

A legal defense fund for Hunter Biden

Now that Hunter has finally admitted the laptop is his, many believe the DOJ has no choice but to finally begin a thorough investigation.

And if they don’t, House Republicans are saying they will.

That’s why at least one noted legal scholar believes Joe better distance himself from his wayward son.

Noted law professor and former President George W. Bush’s chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter says President Biden needs to set up a “firewall” between him and first son Hunter Biden. 

He points to Hunter’s growing legal woes even as his allies weigh a legal defense fund for the President’s son.

Painter made his comments to Fox News Digital. 

Painter went on to say that Hunter Biden is “a private citizen, so he’s going to disclose whatever he has to disclose,” but the First Son is “probably going to get away with not disclosing any of it.”

Hunter Biden the artist

“Just like with these paintings he’s selling and he should be disclosing who’s buying the artwork, but he’s not. And it will probably follow the same approach to the legal defense fund,” Painter continued.

Painter added, “The only thing I think the President and the White House can do is set up a firewall here, distance themselves from Hunter Biden’s defense,” the University of Minnesota law professor continued.

And don’t think that Painter is some rabid Republican activist simply out to get Joe Biden.

The law professor has, most recently been actively involved in as a Vice Chairman and Board Member of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). 

CREW is a left-wing watchdog group, noted for ferreting out corruption in Washington, D.C.

Painter said the President’s son is “a grown-up” with attorneys he can speak with and “shouldn’t be talking to his Dad, the President of the United States, about his criminal defense.”

There should be no coordination

The law professor also went on to say the two Bidens’ legal teams should not coordinate at all if a potential Hunter Biden legal defense does not disclose its donors.

“If I were the President’s legal team, I’d say, ‘Look, if Hunter Biden won’t disclose the name of the donors to the legal defense fund, we are going to have to not coordinate with his legal team. We do our thing, they do their thing,'” Painter stated.

And Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist who specializes in government ethics, told Fox News Digital that there “are very few rules in place for legal defense funds for executive branch employees, let alone family members of executive branch employees.”

“While Congress has stringent contribution limits, source prohibitions and disclosure requirements for legal defense funds of members of Congress, even these rules do not apply to family members who are not Congressional employees,” Holman continued.

Holman also said that “Hunter Biden certainly could voluntarily disclose major donors to his legal expense fund,” pointing out  that even “Bill Clinton voluntarily disclosed his donors back in the 1990s, even though he was under no requirement to do so.”

“Given Hunter Biden’s relationship to the President of the United States, and the political controversies that have surrounded Hunter, it would be prudent for Hunter to voluntarily disclose his major donors,” Holman added.

Millions of dollars in legal debt

All of this comes as some of Biden’s allies are considering establishing a legal defense fund as the Hunter racks up millions of dollars in legal debt.

Hunter has hired a team of lawyers to represent him as he faces  an ongoing federal tax investigation and a growing list of questions from House Republicans.

Anonymous sources familiar with the matter told The Washington Post the idea of a legal defense fund has been promoted because of the growing debt incurred by Hunter. 

The sources also said Hunter’s financial resources are stretched thin, even with the selling of his artwork for outlandish amounts of money. 

And now that Hunter has admitted the laptop is his, expect a flurry of new activity in the ongoing investigations.

Patriot Political will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.