Democratic President Joe Biden responded to a report that federal agents believed they had collected enough evidence to charge his son Hunter Biden with gun and tax crimes.
Biden was asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper about the report on his show Tuesday.
“Our reporting, CNN’s reporting and the Washington Post reporting suggests that prosecutors think they could, they have enough to, charge your son Hunter for tax crimes and a false statement about a gun purchase. Personally and politically, how do you react to that?” Tapper asked the president.
“Well, first of all, I’m proud of my son,” responded Biden.
“This is a kid who got – not a kid, he’s a grown man – he got hooked on, like many families have had happen, hooked on drugs. He’s overcome that. He’s established a new life,” he added.
“I’m confident that he is – what he says and does are consistent with what happens. And for example, he wrote a book about his problems and was straightforward about it. I’m proud of him,” Biden continued.
“He came along and said, by the way, this thing about a gun – I didn’t know anything about it. But turns out that when he made application to purchase a gun, what happened was he – I guess you get asked – I don’t guess, you get asked a question, ‘are you on drugs, or do use drugs?’ He said no. And he wrote about saying no in his book,” he added.
“So, I have great confidence in my son,” Biden concluded. “I love him and he’s on the straight and narrow, and he has been for a couple years now. And I’m just so proud of him.”
Hunter Biden announced publicly that his taxes were under federal investigation in December 2020 where he asserted that he expected to be found innocent of any wrongdoing. He did not address the possibility of gun charges at that time.
The decision on whether Hunter Biden will face charges is up to Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss. He is expected to announce that decision after the 2020 midterm elections in November.