As part of Special Counsel David Weiss' years-long investigation of Hunter Biden, the president's son was criminally indicted on Thursday by a California grand jury on multiple felony and misdemeanor tax law violations.
Yet, in a podcast interview published just hours later in which he broadly denied any alleged criminal wrongdoing, Biden accused certain conservative-leaning media outlets of trying to "kill" him, according to the New York Post.
It is unclear if Biden, who specifically and repeatedly called out the Post for its coverage of him, was referencing mere character assassination or his actual physical death, as his remarks could be interpreted to include either or both.
Hunter Biden recently sat for a lengthy two-part interview with techno DJ Moby for his Spotify podcast and reportedly discussed topics like his drug addiction, how some media outlets have covered him, and his concerns for his father, President Joe Biden, and his political future ahead of a 2024 re-election run.
Of the intense media scrutiny he has faced, Biden said, "You either survive it or you don’t. There is no doubt in my mind -- and this might sound like some crazy hyperbole -- is that they’re trying to kill me through other means and I just won’t let them."
The president's son made the unsubstantiated claim that the Post had "doxxed" his prior home address in Malibu, California, and endangered his wife and youngest son by having "published aerial photographs" and detailed descriptions of the property, which he further asserted led to a "middle-of-the-night move" after he "had half a dozen to a dozen people, mostly men, in MAGA hats with bullhorns literally pounding at the front door."
Except, the Post refuted those claims and noted that it had never published aerial photos of Biden's Malibu home, nor were there any reports from any sources to substantiate the claim of a protest or threats against the property.
Later in the interview, Biden reiterated his assertion that certain media outlets were out to get him and said, "What they’re trying to do is they’re trying to kill me, knowing that it will be a pain greater than my father could be able to handle, and so therefore destroying a presidency in that way."
"And they decided that the one way in which they would be able to certainly just undermine my dad’s confidence and ability to continue to campaign and move forward, particularly after the death of my brother, to think that he could lose his son that he just had regained from an almost-death through addiction," he continued about the media and Republicans. "And so they just began to attack and attack. Addictions provides for a lot of openings for people."
Of the media spotlight that he claims has invaded his privacy, Biden said, "We became prisoners, by virtue of that," and predicted, "We are definitely not in the aftermath yet. I’ve stopped hoping for an end to this. Because as long as my dad is president of the United States, they’re not going to stop."
At another point, Biden addressed some of the allegations against him related to his foreign business dealings and sex trafficking, and told Moby that people wrongly assume that "I’m a foreign agent because I got paid for doing business with foreign companies, or that I am a sex trafficker because I wrote in my book that I slept with prostitutes."
"I’m not hiding this. I don’t feel good about that, but it’s a part of my past. But they have expanded it, that I am in one sense a mastermind criminal, running a global syndicate," he added. "And on the other sense, that I am a degenerate that can’t tie my shoes, and that I should never have been in business because I am a moron, and I wasn’t doing any business, I was basically letting people, I was being a rain bucket."
On the same day that Hunter Biden's interview with Moby was published, Special Counsel Weiss announced that the president's son had been hit with a nine-count indictment that included three felonies, including filing false reports and tax evasion, and six misdemeanors for failing to file and failing to pay his taxes due during a four year period despite having ample funds to do so.
If convicted, he could face up to 17 years in federal prison. Meanwhile, Biden already faces federal firearm charges for lying about his drug use in 2018 on a federal gun purchase form, and the Post noted that Weiss appears to have left open the possibility of filing future charges related to alleged violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act and laws against sex trafficking, among other things.