Rabu, 09 Desember 2020

Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden facing federal investigation over 'tax affairs' - ABC News

US president-elect Joe Biden's son Hunter has said his "tax affairs" are under federal investigation, returning the spotlight to the questions about his financial dealings that surrounded his father's campaign.

In a statement released by the president-elect's transition office, Hunter Biden said he learned about the Delaware US Attorney's investigation on Tuesday local time.

He did not disclose any further details on the matter.

"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," he said.

Hunter Biden has long been a target of President Donald Trump and his allies, who have accused him of profiting off his political connections.

Trump and his supporters also raised unsubstantiated charges of corruption related to Hunter Biden's work in Ukraine at the time his father was vice-president and leading the Obama administration's dealings with the Eastern European nation.

Mr Trump's efforts to have Ukraine investigate Hunter Biden led to his impeachment last year.

Joe Biden 'deeply proud of his son'

The transition team said in a statement: "President-elect Biden is deeply proud of his son, who has fought through difficult challenges, including the vicious personal attacks of recent months, only to emerge stronger."

The incoming president is currently assembling his Cabinet.

His pick for attorney general could have oversight over the tax investigation if it is still ongoing after the presidential inauguration on January 20.

The investigation is the latest in a long list of controversies involving Hunter Biden.

While his father was vice-president, Hunter joined the Naval Reserve only to be discharged after testing positive for cocaine in his system, later revealing a years-long struggle with addiction.

He also joined the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma in 2014, sparking concerns about the perceptions of a conflict of interest given the elder Biden was deeply involved in US policy toward Ukraine.

A Republican-led Senate investigation did not identify any policies that were directly affected by Hunter Biden's work.

More to come.


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2020-12-09 21:48:00Z

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