Prior to last month’s election, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden roundly dismissed allegations and speculation surrounding his son’s international business dealings.
Since the mainstream media declared him the winner, the former vice president appears to have grown more sensitive about the topic, going so far as to launch a bizarre insult toward one reporter who raised the topic this week.
“The issue of investigations”
During a press conference on Tuesday, Biden fielded a few questions about his son, Hunter, and the recent acknowledgment that a federal probe is underway into the younger Biden’s taxes.
In response to a question from Fox News Channel’s Peter Doocy, however, he laughed off the subject and ridiculed the reporter for daring to raise it.
Earlier, another reporter asked Biden: “Has the issue of investigations with your son come up with your team and with candidates about attorney general?”
The former vice president assured Americans that he would follow through on his earlier promises to keep politics out of the Justice Department.
“The attorney general of the United States of America is not the president’s lawyer,” he said. “I will appoint someone I expect to enforce the law as the law is written, not guided by me.”
“A personnel decision”
Biden’s remark came days after spokeswoman Jen Psaki offered a similar take during an interview with Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace.
“He will not be discussing an investigation of his son with any attorney general candidates,” she said. “He will not be discussing it with anyone he is considering for the role and he will not be discussing it with a future attorney general.”
When Doocy posed a follow-up query, however, the reception was notably less cordial. Asked whether he still stood by an earlier assertion that claims against his sone amounted to “Russian disinformation,” Biden appeared to indicate that he did.
“Yes, yes, yes,” he replied with a dismissive laugh. “God love ya, man. You are a one-horse pony. I tell ya. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I promise you, my Justice Department will be totally on its own making its judgments about how to proceed.”
Calling the selection of an attorney general “a personnel decision,” Psaki affirmed that it would be “up to the purview” of that Cabinet member “to determine how to handle any investigation” into Hunter Biden.