Hunter Biden, the president’s son, has made headlines for the federal probe into possible tax crimes, but he has also been dealing with an investigation pertaining to an alleged gun crime.
President Joe Biden has long avoided questions about his son’s alleged crimes, but a reporter finally caught up with him on Tuesday. As usual, the president brought a cheat sheet with him… but no cheat sheet could save the president’s mangled answer.
According to The Washington Post, Hunter Biden had previously applied to buy a gun. On the application, he was asked about being “an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance.” He reportedly wrote “no,” but then in his autobiography and evidence obtained from his laptop, he was addicted to many heavy drugs at the time.
Justice Department agents claim to have collected enough evidence to charge Hunter, insiders told the Post. In that case, the federal prosecutor — a Trump appointee — can decide whether to file the charges or whether to prioritize his other cases.
President Biden finally addressed the scandal Tuesday in a sit-down interview with CNN.
“This thing about a gun – I didn’t know anything about it. But turns out that… he made an application to purchase a gun,” President Biden told CNN’s Jake Tapper.
“You get asked a question. ‘Are you on drugs, or do use drugs?’ He said no. And he wrote about saying no in his book.”
It’s no wonder Biden has given fewer sit-down interviews than any president since George W. Bush.
Whenever he does a sit-down interview, he makes headlines in all the wrong ways.
As usual, President Biden brought his cheat sheet to the interview. In a gaffe, he loudly dropped the papers, leaving the CNN anchor to retrieve them. At the time, Biden was defending his policy agenda, like the American Rescue Plan.
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WATCH: Joe Biden drops his cheat sheet during his interview with CNN's Jake Tapper. pic.twitter.com/XDHKrSpjBA
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Holding onto the cheat sheet, President Biden equivocated and recited familiar talking points about Hunter.
“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,” President Biden continued.
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“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.”
Hunter acknowledged the investigation in a statement from June 2020, but he’s largely remained silent on the case since then.
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