Following the latest scandal involving Hunter Biden, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has made another statement of support for his beleaguered son.
In remarks to reporters on Friday, the elder Biden simply said: “I am proud of my son.”
“Legally and appropriately”
After weeks of allegations involving dubious international business dealings prior to the election, Hunter Biden acknowledged earlier this week that he had been informed of a federal investigation into his conduct.
“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,” the younger Biden said in a statement released by his father’s White House transition team on Wednesday.
Hunter Biden noted that he is treating the situation “very seriously” while remaining “confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate” that he behaved “legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisors.”
Joe Biden’s team went on to add: “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 presidential hopeful reiterated those comments on Friday when asked by a reporter about his son’s legal issues.
“That would be election interference”
“I am proud of my son,” he replied.
Hunter Biden is not the only one facing heightened criticism in the wake of revelations about the federal investigation. Recent reports suggest Attorney General William Barr was aware of the probe for a period of time prior to the election but chose not to make the information public.
For conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, that amounted to an “insane” move on Barr’s part as well as an example of the “corruption” that prevented voters from making an informed choice at the polls.
“If Ivanka Trump had committed a crime and she were under investigation, and the feds said, ‘You know what? There’s an election coming up, we’re just going to put this thing off until just after the election,’ that would be election interference,” Shapiro reasoned.
He was joined in his criticism by others on the right, including President Donald Trump, who tweeted on Thursday: “Why didn’t the Fake News Media, the FBI and the DOJ report the Biden matter BEFORE the Election.”