JOE Biden has spoken about the investigation into Hunter Biden‘s taxes and Ukraine business dealings, saying his son is the “smartest man I know.”
Joe Biden said he had ‘great confidence’ in his son Hunter, 50, during the ongoing probeCredit: CBS
Biden said his son was ‘good’ and he was ‘not concerned about any accusations’Credit: Getty – Contributor
Hunter confirmed earlier this month that he was the subject of a federal investigation by the DOJ, which has been looking into his tax affairs since 2018 – a probe outgoing Attorney General Bill Barr was aware of.
On December 17, Biden told CBS host Colbert: “We have great confidence in our son I am not concerned about any accusations that have been made against him.
“It used to get to me. 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.”
Biden assured Colbert that as president, he would be able to breach the party divide – even if members of the Republican Party used the ongoing investigation against him.
Biden assured Stephen Colbert that he would still be able to work with the GOP members who used the probe to attack himCredit: CBS
The president-elect has been outspoken in his support of his son Credit: Reuters
“If it benefits the country, yes. I really mean it,” Biden replied when Colbert asked if he could weather “people who’ll be using this as an attack on you.”
The feds are also looking into his transactions with foreigners who may have posed counterintelligence concerns, CNN reported.
While Donald Trump may push for a Justice Department-assigned lawyer to investigate Hunter’s tax affairs, Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Ron Johnson weighed in on the controversy on Wednesday.
Earlier this week, the president-elect reiterated that he was “confident” his son had done nothing wrong but Graham called “on a special counsel to look at all things Hunter Biden.”
Biden was accompanied by his wife, Dr Jill Biden Credit: CBS
Hunter, 50, was being probed by federal investigators since 2018Credit: Getty Images – Getty
He wanted to establish whether “any crimes were committed” and if any “conflicts” exist for Biden after his son confirmed the investigation earlier this month.
Graham said he wanted to see if there was a “conflict with the Biden administration regarding his business dealings with Ukraine, which is overrun with Russian agents.”
The South Carolina politician also wanted “the activity [Hunter] had with the Chinese government” to be looked into, he said.
Likewise, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee Senator Johnson said that he hoped special counsel was “not necessary, but it might be.”
Hunter’s dad and stepmother have stood by him after he confirmed the investigation earlier this monthCredit: Getty Images
GOP senators have called for a special counsel to be appointedCredit: AFP
Today, the outgoing president branded this “fake news” and said he had “nothing to do with a federal probe into Hunter Biden’s taxes and foreign deals.”
“I have NOTHING to do with the potential prosecution of Hunter Biden, or the Biden family,” Trump wrote. “It is just more Fake News. Actually, I find it very sad to watch!”
This supposed special counsel would advance the investigation into Biden’s son but it could also create tension and possible showdown with Barr’s replacement Rosen, who was previously the deputy attorney general.
Enraged that Barr didn’t publicly announce the two-year investigation into Hunter before the election, Trump recently told one reporter to “ask me in a couple of weeks” if he planned on firing the attorney general.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said he ‘absolutely’ supported a federal probeCredit: Splash News
Graham said there could be a ‘conflict’ for the Biden administration Credit: The Mega Agency
The Justice Department does not usually disclose investigations that are in progress although the subjects of those probes can – but Barr allegedly tried to keep the Hunter situation under wraps.
The outgoing president reportedly asked his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani to investigate whether the president has the power to appoint a special counsel himself.
Trump aides have supposed urged him to pressure Rosen to ensure the investigation can’t be easily stopped once Biden takes office on January 20, recent reports suggest.
A special counsel can be fired only by the attorney general and for specific reasons such as misconduct, dereliction of duty, or conflict of interest under federal regulations and these reasons have to be put in writing.
It would also mean a more drawn out and complex investigation than the current inquiry, which has only focused on the 50-year-old’s taxes.
The younger Biden was asked to hand over documents and information about two dozen entities, including Ukraine gas company Burisma in a subpoena.
Donald Trump insisted he had ‘NOTHING to do with the potential prosecution of Hunter Biden’Credit: AFP or licensors