Jill Biden defends Hunter Biden in NBC interview



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First Lady Jill Biden defended Hunter Biden in a recent NBC interview following President Joe Biden’s rare public comments about her son to CNN’s Jake Tapper last week.

Hunter Biden bought a gun at a time when he admitted to struggling with drug addiction – an issue that is under federal criminal investigation because federal law requires buyers to verify that they are not an illegal drug user or addict, CNN said. notify Federal prosecutors are considering possible charges related to tax evasion and making a false statement related to the gun purchase, CNN reported.

“Everyone and their brother have investigated Hunter. They keep on doing it, and doing it, and doing it. I know Hunter is innocent. I love my son, and I will continue to look forward to it,” the first lady told NBC News.

Hunter Biden has previously denied wrongdoing. An attorney for Hunter Biden declined to comment for this story.

Commenting for the first time on potential charges against Hunter Biden, President Biden told Tapper last week that he was “proud” of Hunter Biden for being forthright about his battle with drug addiction.

“This is a child, not a child, he is a grown man, he got hooked, as it happens in many families, he got hooked on drugs. He has overcome that. He has established a new life,” Biden said.

“I’m sure he is – what he says and what he does is consistent with what’s going on,” the president said. “And for example, he wrote a book about his problems and it was correct. I am proud of him”.

The case against Hunter Biden was scaled back earlier this year and was the subject of discussions in early summer between FBI and IRS investigators, Delaware prosecutors and the Department of Justice, CNN previously reported. The panel assessed the strength of the case and questioned whether more work was needed before deciding on charges. Prosecutors and investigators have argued they have enough evidence to file charges, but a decision on charges rests with Delaware US Attorney David Weiss and is expected after the midterm elections, CNN reported.

In a CNN interview last week, the president defended his son.

“This thing about the gun, I didn’t know anything about it. But it turns out that when he applied to buy a gun, what happened to him – I assume they’re asking you – I don’t think they’re asking you, do you take drugs or do you use drugs? He said no. And he wrote about saying no in his book,” Biden said.

“So I have a lot of confidence in my son,” he continued. “I love it and it’s on the straight and narrow, and has been for a couple of years. And I’m very proud of him.”

The White House has consistently declined to comment on the Hunter Biden investigation, saying it is a matter for the Justice Department. But Republicans and conservative media have focused on the issue, which could become the subject of congressional inquiries if Republicans take control of Congress after this year’s midterm elections.