Hunter Biden says his ‘tax affairs’ are underneath investigation | US & Canada
President-elect Joe Biden’s son was screened for work abroad while Biden was vice president.
President-elect Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, said Wednesday that his “tax affairs” are being investigated by the federal government and re-centered the questions about his financial operations that followed his father’s campaign.
In a statement from the president-elect’s transitional office, the younger Biden said he learned of the investigation on Tuesday. He did not reveal any details of the matter.
“I take this matter very seriously, but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will show that I have handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisors,” he said in a statement.
Hunter Biden has long been a target of President Donald Trump and his allies, who have accused him of profiting from his political ties. Trump and his supporters also made unsubstantiated allegations of corruption related to Hunter Biden’s work in Ukraine when his father was vice president and oversaw the Obama administration’s business with the Eastern European nation.
The disclosure of the federal investigation led by the US Attorney’s Office in Delaware came at an awkward time for the new president who is assembling his cabinet. His election as attorney general could oversee the investigation into the new president’s son if it continues when Biden is sworn in on Jan. 20.
The transition team said in a statement: “President-elect Biden is deeply proud of his son who has overcome difficult challenges, including the vicious personal attacks of the past few months, in order to come forward.”
Hunter Biden’s attorneys did not immediately return phone messages for comment.