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WSJ board says Biden's 'nothing wrong' comment complicates Justice probe on son Hunter

"He's essentially telling prosecutors that they are wrong to bring an indictment because Hunter is innocent of any criminal behavior," the board said.

Published: May 8, 2023 7:55am

Updated: May 8, 2023 10:00am

The Wall Street Journal editorial board says President Biden has inappropriately gotten involved in the Justice Department investigation into son Hunter Biden saying on TV that he has "done nothing wrong."

"That's a highly inappropriate message from a President. He's essentially telling prosecutors that they are wrong to bring an indictment because Hunter is innocent of any criminal behavior," the board wrote Sunday in response to Biden's comments during an interview Friday with MSNBC.

Biden said during the interview: "My son has done nothing wrong. I trust him. I have faith in him, and it impacts my presidency by making me feel proud of him."

The board acknowledged how some may say a father defending his son is natural but pointed out "the Justice Department is part of the Executive ranch that he runs." 

His comments came as the department is considering charging the younger Biden with tax fraud and lying on his firearms applications. Hunter Biden is reportedly going to be indicted on these charges soon.

The  board also said, "Biden's claims about his son's innocence complicates the job of federal prosecutors."

If Hunter Biden is not indicted, then many Americans will assume that his father used his political influence, so the president should avoid feeding those suspicions with public statements such as the comments he made on Friday, the board also said.

Madeleine Hubbard is an international correspondent for Just the News. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

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