The US president has defended Hunter Biden amid an FBI criminal probe, praising him for overcoming drug addiction
Joe Biden is shown kissing his son, Hunter Biden, after being sworn in as president in January 2021 in Washington. © Getty Images / Jonathan Ernst
Nearly two years on from the bombshell scandal that sprung from Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop, CNN has confronted President Joe Biden about the possibility of criminal charges being filed against his son.
Asked in an interview on Tuesday about reports that federal prosecutors have enough evidence to charge Hunter Biden with tax and gun crimes, the president defended his son without directly addressing the FBI investigation against him. “Well, first of all, I’m proud of my son,” Joe Biden said. “This is a kid who got – not a kid, he’s a grown man – he got hooked on, like many families have had happen, hooked on drugs. He’s overcome that. He’s established a new life.”
CNN host Jake Tapper immediately moved on to other topics after Biden’s response, and he didn’t address aspects of the laptop story that implicated the president in wrongdoing, including alleged influence-peddling by the Biden family in Ukraine and China. The elder Biden also praised his son for being “straightforward” about his problems, including a book in which he admitted to being a heavy user of crack cocaine.
“I’m confident that what he says and does are consistent with what happens . . .,” Biden said. “I didn’t know about it, but it turns out that when he made an application to purchase a gun, what happened was, I guess you get asked – I don’t guess, you get asked – ‘Are you on drugs? Do you use drugs?’ He said no. And he wrote about saying no in his book. So, I have great confidence in my son. I love him, and he’s on the straight and narrow, and he has been for a couple years now. And I’m just so proud of him.”