During an exclusive interview with CNN’s lead Washington anchor, President Joe Biden relayed his confidence in his son Hunter Biden, despite reports that federal agents have enough evidence to charge Hunter with tax crimes and making a false statement during the purchase of a gun.
Biden came to his son’s defense during the interview, which aired on Tuesday (October 11).
“Well, first of all, I’m proud of my son,” Biden began before deviating to remark on his son’s previous drug addiction, he likened to what “many families have had happen,” stating that Hunter’s “overcome that” and “established a new life.”
The President then touched on the false statement Hunter made on a gun application, where he claimed he wasn’t on drugs while he was in the throes of an addiction, stating that Hunter had written about the incident in his book, with Biden not knowing about the infringement at the time.
Biden then expressed, “So I have great confidence in my son,” adding, “I love him and he’s on the straight and narrow, and he has been for a couple years now,” before reiterating how “proud” he is of Hunter.
Reports about federal agents feeling confident they have enough to charge Hunter for false statements he made on a gun application in 2018 and claims he failed to correctly report his income, first emerged in the Washington Post.
Yet the Department of Justice hasn’t made any comments on the investigation.
As Biden has said he wouldn’t interfere with the DOJ investigation, the ultimate decision on whether or not to charge Hunter will be made by former President Donald Trump appointee U.S. Attorney David Weiss.