Jill Biden Asserts That ‘Hunter Is Innocent’ Amid Federal Investigation

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Nicole Silverio Media Reporter
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First Lady Jill Biden asserted that her stepson, Hunter, is innocent amid accusations from federal agents that there is substantial evidence to criminally charge him.

Biden made the claims during an exclusive interview with NBC News in her East Wing office. Her stepson is under federal investigation for allegedly committing tax and gun crimes and is at risk of being prosecuted.

“Everybody and their brother has investigated Hunter,” she said. “They keep at it, and at it, and at it. I know that Hunter is innocent. I love my son, and I will keep looking forward.”

The Federal District of Delaware opened an investigation into Biden in 2018 for allegedly dodging his taxes in 2015 and violating gun regulations when he purchased a firearm. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) placed a $112,805 lien on Biden in 2015 while he served on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings. Biden paid a “significant” amount in back taxes in late 2020, The New York Times reported. (RELATED: REPORT: DOJ Mulling Charges For Hunter Biden)

MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 20: In this screenshot from the DNCC’s livestream of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, Hunter Biden, son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, addresses the virtual convention on August 20, 2020. The convention, which was once expected to draw 50,000 people to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is now taking place virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by DNCC via Getty Images) (Photo by Handout/DNCC via Getty Images)

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In 2018, the president’s son submitted an application to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, where he claimed that he did not use any illegal substances. He then admitted in his 2021 memoir that he used crack cocaine “every 15 minutes” at the time he purchased the firearm. If accurate, may have violated 18 U.S. Code § 922, a law prohibiting an individual from making a “false or fictitious oral or written statement” or for an “unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance” to obtain a firearm.

He may also have violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), requiring “certain agents of foreign principals who are engaged in political activities … to make periodic public disclosure of their relationship with the foreign principal.” Biden and his business partner Tony Bobulinski allegedly texted about setting up to avoid FARA.

Then-candidate Biden stated during the 2020 presidential debate that his son “did nothing wrong” and pivoted to claims that he “rooted out corruption” in Ukraine.

Republicans in Congress have opened a case against Biden in regards to his foreign business dealings with Ukrainian energy company, Burisma, and Chinese energy company, CEFC. Whistleblowers informed Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley that the FBI allegedly dismissed evidence against the president’s son as “disinformation” for political purposes.