Former vice president claims ‘foul play’ behind federal corruption probe into his son
Former Vice President Joe Biden says he’s “not concerned” about the ongoing federal corruption investigation into his son, Hunter Biden, and claimed, without evidence, that “foul play” is behind the allegations.
Biden says he is “confident” that Hunter, who has been at the center of several high-profile personal and business scandals in recent years, won’t be charged with a crime because he’s “the smartest man I know.”
Last Wednesday, Hunter Biden announced that he is under investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office in Delaware over his “tax affairs.”
Prosecutors subpoenaed Biden for his records with more than two dozen businesses, including companies in Ukraine and China, the Associated Press reported.
During an interview that aired Thursday night, Joe Biden expressed “confidence” in his son while speaking with host Stephen Colbert.
In raising the subject of Hunter Biden, the liberal comedian Colbert claimed to Joe Biden that “the people who want to make hay in Washington are going to try to use your son as a cudgel against you.”
“How do you feel about that?” Colbert asked.
“And what do you have to say to those people?” he added.
“I have, we have, great confidence in our son,” Joe Biden responded.
“I am not concerned about any accusations being made against him.
“It’s used to get to me,” the former vice president continued.
“I think it’s kind of foul play but look, it is what it is and he’s a grown man, he is the smartest man I know.
“I mean, from a pure intellectual capacity – and as long as he’s good, we’re good.”
The Biden transition team later clarified that the ex-VP was not referring to the investigation as “foul play,” but rather to Republicans who are calling for Hunter Biden’s business dealings to be looked into.
When Colbert asked how he would handle attacks from Republicans, Biden said he would be willing to work with critics because it’s what’s best for the country.
EXCLUSIVE: President-elect Joe Biden is defending his son amid an investigation into Hunter Biden’s taxes.
The president-elect and Dr. Jill Biden spoke with @StephenAtHome for their first joint interview since the election.
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) December 17, 2020
The Delaware U.S. Attorney is investigating Hunter Biden’s taxes – a probe that has been ongoing since 2018 but was only recently publicly disclosed.
Hunter Biden has a complex network of international business dealings.
His involvement with Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings in 2014 has come under intense scrutiny and was a repeated target of President Trump during his campaign for the 2020 presidency.
The younger Biden was paid $50,000 per month to serve on the board of Burisma, despite zero experience in the industry.
The situation sparked concerns about the perceptions of a conflict of interest given the fact that his father was involved in U.S. policy toward Ukraine at the time.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) told Fox News on Thursday that he believed Joe Biden would not interfere in the Hunter Biden investigation because he “believes in the rule of law.”