President Joe Biden spoke on Tuesday for the first time about his son’s exposure to possible criminal charges for allegedly lying on a gun purchase application, but he said he was proud of Hunter. Biden for coming to terms with his struggles with drug addiction in a broadcast interview with Jake Tapper. on “CNN Tonight”.
Hunter Biden bought a gun at a time when he has now admitted he was battling drug addiction – an issue that is now under federal criminal investigation because federal law requires buyers to certify that they are not illegal drug users or addicts, CNN reported. Federal prosecutors are weighing possible charges related to tax violations and for making a misrepresentation related to the purchase of firearms, CNN reported.
President Biden told Tapper on Tuesday that he was “proud” of Hunter Biden for being outspoken about his struggle with drug addiction.
“He was a child who became – not a child, he was an adult – he became addicted, like many families have, addicted to drugs. He overcame that. He established a new life Biden said.
“I’m convinced he is – what he says and what he does is consistent with what’s going on,” the president said. “And for example, he wrote a book about his issues and was candid about it. I’m proud of him.”
The case against Hunter Biden tightened earlier this year and was discussed in early summer between FBI and IRS investigators, Delaware prosecutors and the Justice Department, previously reported CNN. Discussions included assessing the strength of the case and whether more work was needed before deciding on charges. Prosecutors and investigators have argued they have enough evidence to press charges, but a decision on the charges rests with Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss and is expected after the midterm elections.
A lawyer for Hunter Biden did not immediately comment.
In the CNN interview on Tuesday, the president defended his son.
“This gun thing – I didn’t know anything about it. But it turns out that when he made a request to buy a gun, what happened was he – I guess you were asked – I don’t guess, you were 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 said.
“So I have great faith in my son,” he continued. “I love him and he’s on the right track, and he’s been for a few years now. And I’m so proud of him.
The White House has consistently declined to comment on the Hunter Biden investigation, saying it was the Justice Department’s business. But Republicans and conservative media have focused on the issue, which could be the subject of congressional inquiries if Republicans take control of Congress after this year’s midterm elections.
Biden told Tapper that his focus is currently on the November congressional contests. But he said that once these elections are over, he will enter the process of deciding his own political future.
“I’m not going to do this about my decision. I’m going to talk about this off-year election. Once that’s done in November, I’ll be deciding,” Biden said.
Biden, who turns 80 on Nov. 20, has consistently dismissed questions about his age, suggesting his performance as president speaks for itself.
He said he intended to run for office. But he notes he respects fate and suggested he will discuss the matter with his family and make a decision early next year.
In polls, the majority of Democrats say they don’t want Biden to run for re-election in 2024. A July CNN poll found that 75% of Democratic and Democratic voters want the party to nominate someone another, a strong increase compared to the beginning of the year. . Of those, 17% said they wanted another candidate because of Biden’s age.
“They worry about whether or not I can do something. Look what I did. Name me a president in recent history who did as much as I did in the first two years. Not a joke. You may not like what I did, but the vast majority of Americans like what I did,” he said.
“It’s a question of, can you do the job? And I believe I can do the job. I was able to do the job,” he continued.
When Tapper asked if one of his calculations in deciding whether to run for re-election was whether “you think you’re the only one who can beat Donald Trump,” Biden offered a succinct response: “I believe I can still beat Donald Trump.” he said.