First Lady Jill Biden insisted in a rare one-on-one interview that she loves her beleaguered stepson Hunter unconditionally.
The first lady was asked in a sit-down interview with CNN’s Arlette Saenz about an ongoing investigation into Hunter Biden’s taxes and whether he filed a fraudulent form when he tried to buy a gun.
She suggested that she doesn’t believe the ongoing investigation will have any impact on her husband’s decision to run for re-election in 2024, noting, “We’re handling it, I think, by just having a different perspective.”
“I mean, I like Hunter,” Jill said. “I’ll support him where I can and that’s how I look at things.”
But the interview came as Republican lawmakers claimed more than a dozen “whistleblowers” provided “potentially criminal” information about Hunter Biden to the FBI.
First Lady Jill Biden was asked in a one-on-one interview what she thought of Republican investigations into Hunter Biden’s taxes
She replied that she loved her stepson unconditionally and would support him. They are pictured with the President and Hunter’s son Beau in November
On Wednesday, Sen. Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, told Attorney General Merrick Garland that the Justice Department must review the president’s son, who was the subject of a federal investigation related to tax matters and a possible false statement on a form for a gun purchase. .
“Recent disclosures from legally protected whistleblowers to my office indicate that the Justice Department and FBI at one time had more than a dozen sources providing potentially criminal information about Hunter Biden,” said Grassley, who has a long track record of handling with whistleblowers in the Senate.
He and Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, previously suggested that the Justice Department investigate public corruption.
A few days before the November 2020 elections, they wrote a letter with 220 pages of bank details.
However, Garland said he has “promised to leave the Hunter Biden case in the hands of the U.S. Attorney for Delaware.”
Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz also brought up the Hunter Biden investigation, in an angry question period accusing Garland and the Justice Department of bias in the Jan. 6 assessment of Trump and classified documents.
“I believe you are very eager to indict Donald J. Trump,” he told Garland, despite his repeated statements that he was trying to distance himself and avoid interference. He has appointed special counsel for both cases.
Cruz accused the DOJ of leaking information about the Hunter Biden probe as a “predicate” for suing Trump, showing impartiality and proving the department is “balanced.”
He then asked that the Hunter investigation not focus on the president’s son’s battle with addiction, but instead on “connections to his father and possible public corruption.” That is the matter of public interest.’
He asked Garland to commit to investigating the “public corruption aspect” and “not simply scapegoating Hunter Biden as an individual.”
Hunter Biden struggled with addiction and served on the board of directors of the allegedly corrupt Ukrainian gas company Burisma, worked with Russian oligarchs and had a multimillion-dollar deal with a Chinese government-affiliated oil company.
Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) said Wednesday at a Senate hearing that more than a dozen “whistleblowers” brought forward information about Hunter Biden
Hunter served on the board of directors of the allegedly corrupt Ukrainian gas company Burisma, worked with Russian oligarchs and had a multimillion-dollar deal with a Chinese government-affiliated oil company.
Republicans have accused his father, the president, of knowingly profiting from his son’s business ventures, in turn alleging that Hunter previously used his father’s influential status as then vice president to further his foreign deals.
Such ventures include a handful of large payout deals with members of the Chinese Communist Party, as well as Hunter’s infamous deal with Burisma holdings, which paid the son of the then vice president as much as $1 million a year, reportedly in exchange for exposure. to Biden.
The allegations were spurred by emails recovered in 2020 from the hard drive of a laptop believed to have belonged to Hunter Biden, revealing that he offers meetings with his father to foreign and domestic partners, among other discussions about making deals. .
The gun investigation, meanwhile, relates to Hunter Biden’s statement on a 2018 handgun purchase form that he is not an “unlawful user of or addicted to marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotics or any other controlled substance.”