Joe Biden defends Hunter, who is under federal investigation, as ‘the smartest man I know,’ in new interview
Chuck Ross, DCNF
President-elect Joe Biden says he is “not concerned” about a federal investigation into his son, Hunter, and accused his opponents of weaponizing the probe for political points.
Biden said that Hunter, who has been involved in a string of high-profile personal and business controversies in recent years, as “the smartest man I know.”
Hunter Biden announced last Wednesday that he is under investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office in Delaware over his “tax affairs.”
A source familiar with the investigation told the Daily Caller News Foundation that the investigation began in 2018, before Joe Biden launched his presidential campaign.
The Associated Press reported that prosecutors subpoenaed Biden for his records with more than two dozen businesses, including companies in China and Ukraine.
Biden, who was interviewed by CBS’s Stephen Colbert, accused his political opponents of “foul play” by seizing on the investigation.
“We have great confidence in our son. I am not concerned about any accusations made against him. It’s used to get to me,” Biden said in the interview, which he conducted with his wife Jill Biden at his side.
“I think it’s kind of foul play,” said Biden, adding, “look, it is what it is.”
“He’s a grown man. He is the smartest man I know. I mean, in a pure intellectual capacity. And as long as he’s good, we’re good.”
The younger Biden has been involved in numerous controversies in recent years.
He was kicked out of the Navy in October 2014 for using cocaine, had an affair with his late brother’s wife, and was sued for paternity by former stripper Lunden Roberts in 2019. Biden was forced to take a DNA test as part of the lawsuit, which confirmed that he fathered a child with Roberts.