President Joe Biden’s son Hunter, whose well-publicized struggles with addiction have made him a popular target for criticism, has written a book that the president says “gave me hope reading it.”
The critics were already out in force, taking aim at the perceived opportunistic nature of the memoir. Hunter Biden may have been paid $2 million in advance for writing the book, according to the Daily Mail.
If true, that’s a lot of cash for a guy who could always use a little more.
The outlet, without attribution, wrote Hunter Biden “is likely to have received an advance of up to $2 million for writing the book and stands to make millions more if he allows his life story to be filmed.”
Hunter’s book, “Beautiful Things,” is set for an April 6 release from Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster,details his battle with substance abuse. Hunter, who turned 51 on Thursday, was discharged from the Navy Reserve in 2014 after a positive test for cocaine.
He has been in and out of rehab and, in December, CNN reported that federal authorities are actively investigating his business dealings. Federal prosecutors in Delaware, working with the IRS Criminal Investigation agency and the FBI, have issued subpoenas and sought interviews.
In an exclusive interview airing in the 4 p.m. ET hour before the Super Bowl, President Biden cites Hunter’s “honesty with which he stepped forward and talked about the problem.”
In an excerpt, Hunter Biden writes: “I come from a family forged by tragedies and bound by a remarkable, unbreakable love.”
President Biden’s first wife and 1-year-old daughter, Naomi, died in a 1972 car accident, and son Beau Biden passed away from brain cancer in 2015.