By Tom Ozimek
President Joe Biden said Friday that his son Hunter Biden “has done nothing wrong” as rumors swirl that the president’s son could soon face federal charges.
Biden made the remarks during an interview on MSNBC on Friday, which came days after the Washington Post cited anonymous “people familiar” as saying that Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors were nearing a decision on whether to charge Hunter Biden with tax- and gun-related violations.
“First of all, my son has done nothing wrong,” the president said in the interview. “I trust him. I have faith in him.”
The U.S. attorney’s office in Delaware has been investigating Hunter Biden’s tax affairs. The president’s son said in 2020 that he was taking the investigation “seriously” but was confident of a favorable outcome.
“I take this matter very seriously, but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisors,” Hunter Biden said in a statement issued by the Biden-Harris transition team in December 2020.
At the time, the transition team issued a statement describing the president-elect as “deeply proud of his son, who has fought through difficult challenges” from which he has emerged “stronger.”
Hunter Biden has acknowledged in the past that he made mistakes, but he’s insisted that he did not commit any crimes.
In the interview on Friday, the president reiterated that he was proud of his son when asked how charges being brought against him might impact his presidency.
“It impacts my presidency by making me feel proud of him,” the president said in the interview.
The Epoch Times has reached out to Hunter Biden’s attorney with a request for comment.
A separate report by the Washington Post in October that cited anonymous sources indicated that prosecutors believed there was enough evidence to charge Hunter Biden with tax crimes and allegations that the president’s son put false information on paperwork relating to his purchase of a handgun.
Charges against Hunter Biden would bring national attention to a sensitive topic for the president, one that Republicans have sought to highlight amid the president’s recent launch of his reelection campaign.
Senators Share Documents With Prosecutors
In October of last year, two Republican senators said they shared documents with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware that they had obtained while conducting their own probe into Hunter Biden.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) sent the documents, including banking records, to prosecutors after the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware and the DOJ declined to ensure that the federal probe would be both thorough and free from interference.
“Today, in light of your and DOJ’s failure to respond to our legitimate congressional oversight requests and as part of our ongoing congressional investigation, we are transmitting to you over two hundred pages of records relating to the Biden family’s connections to the Chinese regime and persons connected to its military and intelligence elements,” Johnson and Grassley wrote in a letter (pdf) to U.S. Attorney David Weiss, a Trump appointee.
“If you are conducting a full and complete investigation, you should already possess these records. In the case that you are not and do not possess these records, we suggest that you review them in detail.”
The documents include records showing a business relationship between Hunter Biden and CEFC China Energy, a firm that was one of the largest energy companies in China before it later went defunct, including while Joe Biden was vice president.
Hunter Biden also faces a case involving child support payments.
Child Support Dispute
On May 1, Hunter Biden appeared in an Arkansas court in a dispute over child support payments for his four-year-old daughter.
Initially, Hunter Biden denied that the child was his, but a DNA test confirmed he is the father.
The child’s mother, Lunden Roberts, sued for child support in 2019, and a year later, she and Hunter Biden agreed to an undisclosed amount.
Hunter Biden asked the court to review the child support arrangements, leading to the case being considered before the court.
He appeared before Independence County Circuit Court in Batesville, Arkansas, on May 1. His attorney, Abbe David Lowell, said during proceedings that Biden had been paying $20,000 per month in child support, for a total of over $700,000 since the support order was signed.
Michael Clements and Zachary Stieber contributed to this report.