President Joe Biden talks on the phone
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If US President Joe Biden has ever worried about the effect his son Hunter's troubles could have on his 2024 re-election bid, he's never shown it.

Hunter Biden's history of controversial business deals, drugs and women has long made him a target for the elder Biden's Republican enemies.

That culminated in the opening of a House impeachment inquiry against the president on Tuesday.

But if some see Hunter as the black sheep of America's first family, the 80-year-old Joe Biden has resolutely stood by his sole surviving son, against a backdrop of tragedy.

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