Joe Biden appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and was faced with questions from the host about his son Hunter, and the ongoing federal investigation into his “tax affairs” and business dealings in Ukraine.
The elder Biden told Colbert “we have great confidence in our son. “I’m not concerned about any accusations made against him. It’s used to get to me. I think it’s kind of foul play. But, uh, look, it is what it is.”
It’s the most the president-elect has said about his son since it was announced that Hunter was being investigated. He took the opportunity to praise his son’s intellect and even offered to work with Republicans on the issue. “He’s a grown man. He is the smartest man I know … in pure intellectual capacity and as long as he’s good, we’re good,” Biden said.
Hunter Biden himself has said very little publicly, outside of a statement that the Biden-Harris transition team read last week. “I take this matter very seriously but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisors,” the statement said.
Until the investigation is concluded, both Biden’s will be asked questions about it.