Joe Biden stunned into silence when asked whether son Hunter committed a crime
Fox News got an answer to a question asked of President-elect Joe Biden onstage Friday by reporter Peter Doocy concerning his son Hunter’s legal problems. It was his first public comment on the matter since the presidential transition team disclosed that the 50-year-old businessman’s “tax affairs” were under federal investigation. Biden expressed support for his son.
Biden was introducing his latest rounds of picks to the public, including Susan Rice as director of the Domestic Policy Council, Rep. Marcia Fudge to lead Housing and Urban Development, Tom Vilsack to again run the Agriculture department, Denis McDonough, a former White House Chief of Staff, to be secretary of Veterans Affairs and finally Katherine Tai, the top trade lawyer at the House Ways & Means committee, as U.S. Trade Representative.
Numerous reporters were shouting questions at the president-elect as he attempted to depart the stage to introduce his Cabinet appointees in Wilmington, DE. Biden appeared to be stunned by a question from Doocy on whether Hunter Biden had committed a crime, but responded when asked if he had spoken to his son since the investigation was revealed.
“Did Hunter Biden commit a crime?” Peter Doocy asked. The question went unanswered by a seemingly shocked Joe. Doocy was not to be deterred, however, and issued a follow-up question.
“Have you spoken to your son, Mr. President-elect?”
“I’m proud of my son,” Biden said as he exited the stage. It was a non-answer and a refusal to discuss the issue, but it is the first personal response to the story to date.
Earlier that same day, the transition team’s virtual weekly press briefing ended without a single question regarding the investigation into Hunter Biden’s taxes being asked.
Hunter Biden revealed earlier this week that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware was conducting an active investigation into his tax history. The investigation began in 2018 but a new round of subpoenas went out on Tuesday.
“I learned yesterday for the first time that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware advised my legal counsel, also yesterday, that they are investigating my tax affairs,” Hunter Biden said in a statement. “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.”
The investigation was triggered by the existence of Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) related to Hunter Biden’s business dealings in “China and other foreign nations.” During the 2020 presidential campaign, President Trump accused Hunter Biden of leveraging his father’s political influence to personally enrich himself through overseas business dealings. Since then, Trump has called for an in-depth investigation into the Biden family’s business ventures.
Why didn’t the Fake News Media, the FBI and the DOJ report the Biden matter BEFORE the Election. Oh well, it’s OK, we won the Election anyway – 75,000,000 VOTES!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 11, 2020
The Biden-Harris transition team addressed the investigation in a separate statement that was brief and to the point.
“President-elect Biden is deeply proud of his son, who has fought through difficult challenges, including the vicious personal attacks of recent months, only to emerge stronger,” the statement said.
Hunter Biden’s emails and business ventures in Ukraine and China came to light during the 2020 presidential election. The New York Post broke the story and was censored on social media for it. It was squelched by the media, Democrats, and social media until after the election but is now gaining steam as a subject of inquiry.
While the exact nature of the U.S. Attorney investigation remains unclear, this story emerges more than a month after Fox News reported that Hunter Biden’s laptop had been seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of a money-laundering probe.