Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, recently confirmed that he is the subject of a federal investigation, ostensibly into his “tax affairs.”
Now, despite reports to the contrary, President Donald Trump has clarified that he is not directly involved in the probe, The Washington Times reports.
“Investigating my tax affairs”
The president’s disavowal came in the form of a tweet on Thursday blaming “fake news” for the misleading narrative.
“I have NOTHING to do with the potential prosecution of Hunter Biden, or the Biden family,” he wrote. “It is just more Fake News. Actually, I find it very sad to watch!”
Earlier this month, the younger Biden confirmed that he was under investigation.
In a statement released via his father’s White House transition website, Hunter Biden stated: “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 went on to assert that he is taking the “matter very seriously” but remains “confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate” that he was not guilty of wrongdoing.
“Deeply proud of his son”
The Biden transition team issued its own statement, declaring that the former vice president “is deeply proud of his son, who has fought through difficult challenges, including the vicious personal attacks of recent months, only to emerge stronger.”
Since then, new details have emerged regarding the reported scope of the federal probe.
The Associated Press reported Saturday that Hunter Biden received a federal subpoena requesting information related to his time on the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy firm accused of corruption.
Days later, Fox News was among the news outlets to publish emails reportedly sent to Hunter Biden from former business associated Eric Schwerin, including a memo from January 2017 in which Schwerin apparently advised the younger Biden to amend his taxes to include a substantial sum of undisclosed cash.
As for Trump’s supposed role in the matter, the Wall Street Journal reported that he had considered asking Attorney General Bill Barr to appoint a special prosecutor tasked with looking into the Biden affairs in an effort to protect the probe regardless of who’s in the White House come Jan. 20. But with Barr set to step down from his role as AG in less than a week, it looks like time is running out on that one.