Biden says 'I'm confident' Hunter did nothing wrong, amid federal probe into 'tax affairs'
Media won’t ask about Hunter for fear of losing access to Joe Biden: Concha
Network news coverage of Hunter Biden totals less than 10 minutes over 41 hours of programming; Fox News contributor Joe Concha weighs in.
President-elect Biden on Wednesday directly addressed questions about a federal investigation into his son, Hunter Biden, for the first time, saying "I'm confident" that he did nothing wrong.
Hunter Biden in a statement released last week by the transition organization for Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris acknowledged that the U.S. Attorney's Office in Delaware is "investigating my tax affairs." He said that he takes "this matter very seriously but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisors."
The transition said that Biden is "proud of his son," in a statement released at the same time.
In this screenshot from the DNCC’s livestream of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, Hunter Biden, son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, addresses the virtual convention on August 20, 2020. The president-elect for the first time Wednesday directly addressed questions about a federal investigation into his son. (Photo by DNCC via Getty Images) (Photo by Handout/DNCC via Getty Images)
Biden, has been questioned about the investigation into his son in recent days and had either not responded or said "I'm proud of my son."
Wednesday he was questioned again by Fox News' Peter Doocy about if he is confident his son did nothing wrong, to which Biden responded "I'm confident."
Hunter Biden has come under intense scrutiny in the past year over his business dealings. Specifically, the younger Biden was on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings while his father as the vice president was overseeing American policy on Ukraine.
That fact became the focus of attacks against the Bidens from Republicans during the impeachment saga, which began when President Trump asked Ukrainian President Voldomyr Zelknsky to resurrect an investigation into Burisma and the Bidens, and allegedly withheld aid to the country over the demand.
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Hunter Biden's dealings in China, and the potential role his father may have played in them, have also come under scrutiny.
President Trump, in the waning days of his presidency, is considering whether he should request a special counsel to continue the Department of Justice's investigation into the president-elect's son, according to the Associated Press.
That would essentially ensure that any investigation into the younger Biden continues while his father is president. It is unclear at this point whether incoming Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen would appoint such a special counsel if Trump decides to push for one.
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The Associated Press also reported that though no final decision has been made, Trump is considering whether he might replace Rosen with someone else who would appoint a special counsel if Rosen refuses.
No matter what happens with the Justice Department or a special counsel, however, Congress appears poised to continue its probes into Hunter Biden during a Biden presidency.
"Based on all the facts known to date, Joe Biden has a lot of explaining to do," Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in floor remarks this week. "I learned a lesson long ago when I first started my oversight focus and that is: no matter how difficult the media or the other side of the aisle makes it to find the facts – never give up, keep working hard. The American taxpayer deserves nothing less."
Grassley is set to reassume his previous role as the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman next year.
Fox News' Peter Doocy and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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