WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden defended his son Hunter amid a federal prosecutors investigation on tax and firearms violations with a decision coming if he will be charged in the matter.
Speaking on MSNBC’s “The 11th Hour”, Biden told host Stephanie Ruhle he believes in his son and that he did nothing wrong.
“First of all, my son has done nothing wrong,” Biden said.” “I trust him. I have faith in him.”
When Ruhle asked how charges against his son could impact his presidency, Biden said he stands by his son.
“It impacts my presidency by making me feel proud of him,” he said.
Reports say federal prosecutors are currently mulling a decision to charge Hunter Biden with two misdemeanor counts for failure to file taxes, a single felony count of tax evasion related to a business expense for one year of taxes, and the gun charge.
The White House has dismissed the allegations by an IRS special agent seeking whistleblower protections. Aides have long said Biden has not been involved and the President stands by his comments on the campaign trail in 2020 not to politicize the Justice Department.
Hunter Biden has denied wrongdoing in the tax case, saying that he handled his affairs “legally and appropriately.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Biden was asked about his advanced age, which is the main concern for voters going into the 2024 election.
“I have acquired a hell of a lot of wisdom and know more than the vast majority of people,” Biden said. “And I’m more experienced than anybody that’s ever run for the office. And I think I’ve proven myself to be honorable as well as also effective.”
If he wins re-election, Biden would be 86 at the end of a second term. He added Vice President Kamala Harris “hasn’t gotten the credit she deserves,” as he highlighted her past work as attorney general of California and as a senator.