Updated: February 27, 2021
U.S. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Friday said he was proud of his son Hunter Biden after the latter revealed early this week that his taxes were under federal investigation.
“I am proud of my son,” Biden told reporters in Wilmington, Delaware, after he introduced his new cabinet picks, including Susan Rice.
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Biden was responding to a question by Fox News reporter Peter Doocy who shouted “Did Hunter Biden commit a crime? Have you spoken to your son, Mr. President-elect?”
Hunter Biden said in a statement on Wednesday that he had been informed he’s under investigation.
“I learned yesterday for the first time that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware advised my legal counsel, also yesterday, that they are investigating my tax affairs,” Hunter Biden said.
“I take 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.”
In a statement, the Biden transition team said last Wednesday “President-elect Biden is deeply proud of his son, who has fought through difficult challenges, including the vicious personal attacks of recent months, only to emerge stronger.”