It was recently revealed that after several years of investigation, federal agents and prosecutors had gathered enough evidence to support potential criminal charges against Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, for alleged tax law violations and making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm.
When asked about the prospect of his son facing federal felony charges, however, President Biden simply asserted how “proud” and “confident” he was in his son in relation to his admitted drug addiction, the Daily Wire reported.
“I’m just so proud of him”
During a recent sit-down interview with CNN anchor Jake Tapper, the potential criminal charges for alleged tax crimes and false statements was raised and the president was asked, “Personally and politically, how do you react to that?”
“Well, first of all, I’m proud of my son,” Biden replied. “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.”
“I’m confident that he is — what he says and does are consistent with what happens,” he continued. Biden went on to reference his son’s book in which his addiction to crack cocaine was discussed but also professed ignorance with regard to the alleged false statement about his drug use in relation to a gun purchase.
“I have great confidence in my son,” the president added. “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.”
CNN’s TAPPER: “Prosecutors […] have enough to charge your son Hunter for tax crimes and false statements about a gun purchase…”
BIDEN: “When he made an application to purchase a gun, […] You get asked the question, ‘Are you on drugs?’ He said ‘no.’”pic.twitter.com/gBgSPDheDj
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) October 12, 2022
Alleged false statement on a gun purchase form
The Washington Post reported that, per unnamed sources, federal agents had gathered “sufficient evidence” to support criminal charges against Hunter Biden and were simply waiting for federal prosecutors to decide whether or not to move forward with the matter.
Those potential charges are two-fold, with the first part being allegations that Biden did not properly report the taxable income he received from numerous domestic and foreign business deals.
The second potential charge, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 fine, is in regard to Biden’s alleged false statement in 2018 on the federal form that must be filled out pursuant to a background check when purchasing a firearm from a federally licensed dealer.
Biden reportedly checked the “No” box in response to the question that asked if he was “an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?”
That would be a lie, though, as both the elder and younger Biden have acknowledged that he was addicted to crack cocaine and was a heavy user at the time of that purchase in 2018, and while the president has every right to be “proud” of his son’s purported recovery from that addiction, that doesn’t absolve him of being held accountable for federal felony crimes that may have been committed.