Recently, news broke that Hunter Biden could be indicted over both tax and gun charges, with it now all coming down to the US Attorney, a Trump appointee, and whether he wants to deal with the firestorm sure to come if he prosecutes the president’s son.
We’ll see what happens and, even if Hunter is indicted, the relatively tame gun and tax charges aren’t what many conservatives want to see Hunter charged with, as they’d prefer a more thorough investigation into his connections with the Chinese Communist Party and seeming influence peddling.
In any case, President Joe Biden was confronted over the news that prosecutors could charge Hunter on the gun charge and tax charge when interviewed by CNN’s Jake Tapper.
That came after Biden, speaking about his formerly crack-addicted son, said that he’s proud of Hunter for moving on from his crack smoking days, saying:
“I’m proud of my son. 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.”
Somewhat surprisingly, that then led to CNN’s Jake Tapper asking him about the news that prosecutors supposedly have enough evidence to indict Hunter. Watch that here:
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
As you can hear in the video, Tapper pressed Biden on both the tax issue and lying when buying a gun problem.
Biden responded to that by saying that Hunter has been “straightforward” about his problems and then tried to minimize Hunter’s lying on the gun buying form about his drug use, saying:
“He is — I’m confident that he is — what he says and does are consistent with what happens. And for example, he wrote a book about his problems and was straightforward about it. I’m proud of him.
“He came along and said, by the way, this thing about a gun — I didn’t know anything about it. But turns out that when he made [an] application to purchase a gun, what happened was he say – I guess you get asked, I don’t guess, you get asked a question, are you on drugs or do you use drugs? He said no. And he wrote about saying no in his book.”
Biden then again added that he is proud of Hunter for being on the “straight and narrow,” saying: “I have great confidence in my son, I love him, he’s on the straight and narrow and he has been for a couple years now, and I’m just so proud of him.”
Perhaps he conveniently forgot that Hunter impregnated a stripper in Arkansas and hasn’t been making child support payments, having to go to court over that issue. That hardly sounds like “straight and narrow” conduct but, as Biden said Hunter is the brightest guy he knows, perhaps his understanding of his son isn’t the best.