President Joe Biden defended his son Hunter, but gave a confusing answer when asked how the federal charges could impact his presidency.
Federal prosecutors are currently evaluating whether to charge Hunter Biden with a felony count of tax evasion, a potential felony count related to a firearm purchase, and two misdemeanor counts on further tax issues.
In a recent twist, an IRS special agent involved in the federal investigation is seeking whistleblower protections through his lawyer to provide sensitive disclosures about the probe to Congress.
Lawyer Mark D. Lytle said his client can provide information that would “contradict sworn testimony to Congress by a senior political appointee”, expose failures involving “clear conflicts of interest” in the investigations, and reveal instances of “preferential treatment and politics improperly infecting decisions and protocols”.
Biden Goes to Bat for Son
President Joe Biden sat down for an interview with Stephanie Ruhle for “The 11th Hour on MSNBC”.
Noting prosecutors are thought to be nearing a decision on charges, Biden was asked about the allegations against his son.
“First of all, my son has done nothing wrong,” Biden said. “I trust him. I have faith in him.”
Ruhle asked how the charges could impact Biden’s presidency, should prosecutors bring them.
In a confusing non-answer, Biden responded, “It impacts my presidency by making me feel proud of him.”
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During the interview, Biden also attempted to make a case for himself in 2024. Ruhle noted he would be 82 years old on Inauguration Day and asked why voters should choose him over someone younger.
“I have acquired a hell of a lot of wisdom. And know more than the vast majority of people – I’m more experienced than anybody who has ever run for the office,” Biden answered.
“And I think I’ve proven myself to be honorable as well as also effective,” he added.
Biden himself is still under criminal investigation by the Justice Department over how he handled classified material during his 36 years in the Senate and time as vice president to former President Barack Obama.