WH press sec on Hunter Biden indictment: Joe 'proud of his son'
Special counsel David Weiss on Thursday indicted the younger Biden on tax charges.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Friday insisted that President Joe Biden remained supportive of his son amid the recent federal indictment against him in California.
Special counsel David Weiss on Thursday indicted the younger Biden on tax charges alleging that he "engaged in a four-year scheme to not pay at least $1.4 million in self-assessed federal taxes he owed for tax years 2016 through 2019, from in or about January 2017 through in or about October 15, 2020, and to evade the assessment of taxes for tax year 2018 when he filed false returns in or about February 2020."
Speaking to press aboard Air Force One, Jean-Pierre declined to comment in detail, instead asserting that the elder Biden supports his son.
"He loves his son and supports him as he continues to rebuild his life," she said. "I'm gonna be really careful and not comment on this and refer you to the Department of Justice or my colleagues at the White House Counsel, but that's what I'm going to– I'm not gonna go beyond telling you all what the president has said over and over again. He's proud of his son."
The charges come after a years-long investigation into the younger Biden's taxes that was set to culminate in a plea agreement. Whistleblower testimony from IRS agents Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler, however, brought public scrutiny to the handling of the case and the deal fell apart. Weiss was subsequently elevated to special counsel and has also brought gun charges against Hunter.
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