In a Tuesday interview with CNN, President Biden directly addressed the possibility that his son Hunter could face felony charges stemming from making a false statement on an application to obtain a gun.
CNN anchor Jake Tapper asked the president for his reaction to a recent Washington Post story that federal agents believe they have gathered enough evidence to charge Hunter Biden with tax crimes and making a false statement in connection with a gun purchase.
“Well, first of all, 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 a lot of families have been, hooked on drugs,” Biden responded . “He’s overcome it. He’s established a new life.”
The president noted that his son had written about his addiction struggles in his memoir, “Beautiful Things,” and that he also admitted to answering a question incorrectly when applying for a firearm.
“He came over and said, ‘by the way, this one with a gun,’ I didn’t know about that, but it turns out that when he applied to buy a gun, what happened is you get asked. , I don’t suppose you get asked ‘Are you on drugs? Do you use drugs?’ He said ‘no’. And he wrote about saying ‘no’ in his book. So I have a lot of confidence in my son. I love him and he’s on an equal footing and has been for a few years now. “
On Monday, Fox News host Sean Hannity played a voicemail his father left for Hunter Biden on his show, telling his viewers “that the voicemail allegedly came at the exact same time that Hunter lied on a gun application to buy a gun. “
In the message, Biden expresses his support for his son.
“It’s dad. I called to tell you I love you. I love you more than the world, buddy. You need to get some help,” Biden is heard saying. “I know you don’t know what to do. Neither do I.”
Attorney General Merrick Garland has left the decision on whether to criminally charge Hunter Biden in the hands of Delaware U.S. Attorney David C. Weiss, the Washington Post reported, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump.