First Lady Jill Biden insisted in a rare one-on-one interview that she loves her under-fire stepson Hunter unconditionally. President Biden’s wife was asked in a sit-down interview with CNN’s Arlette Saenz about an ongoing probe into Hunter Biden’s taxes and whether he submitted a fraudulent form when trying to purchase a gun.
She suggested she does not believe the ongoing probe will have any affect on her husband’s decision to run for re-election in 2024, noting: ‘We deal with it, I guess by just having a different perspective. I mean I love Hunter,’ Jill said. ‘I’ll support him any way I can and that’s how I look at things.’ But the interview came as Republican lawmakers claim that more than a dozen ‘whistleblowers’ have provided ‘potentially criminal’ information about Hunter Biden to the FBI.
On Wednesday, Sen. Chuck Grassley (pictured), a Republican from Iowa, told Attorney General Merrick Garland that the Justice Department must review the president’s son, who was subject to a federal probe involving tax matters and a potentially false statement on a form for a gun purchase. ‘Recent lawfully-protected whistleblower disclosures to my office indicate that the Justice Department and FBI had at one time over a dozen sources that provided potentially criminal information relating to Hunter Biden,’ said Grassley, who has a long record of dealing with whistleblowers in the Senate. He and Sen. Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, previously suggested that the Justice Department investigate public corruption.
They wrote a letter including 220 pages of bank records just days before the November 2020 elections. Garland (pictured right), though, said he has ‘promised to leave the matter of Hunter Biden in the hands of the U.S. Attorney for Delaware.’ Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz also brought up the Hunter Biden investigation, in an angry question period where he accused Garland and the Justice Department of bias in the review of Trump over January 6 and classified documents. ‘I believe you very much want to indict Donald J. Trump,’ he told Garland, despite his repeated statements of trying to stand back and avoid interference. He has appointed special counsels in both matters. Cruz accused the DOJ of leaking information about the Hunter Biden probe as a ‘predicate’ for indicting Trump, demonstrating impartiality, and proving the department is ‘even-handed.’
Then he asked that the Hunter probe not focus on the president’s son’s battles with addiction, and focus instead on ‘connections to his father and potential public corruption. That is the matter of public concern.’ He asked Garland to commit to examining the ‘public corruption aspect’ and ‘not simply scapegoat Hunter Biden as an individual.’ Hunter served on the board of allegedly corrupt Ukrainian gas company Burisma, worked with Russian oligarchs, and had a multi-million-dollar deal with a Chinese government-linked oil company. Republicans have accused his father, the president, of knowingly profiting off of his son’s business ventures, and in turn claim Hunter previously leveraged his father’s influential stature as then-vice president to further his foreign deals.
Such ventures include a handful of big payout deals with members of the Chinese communist party, as well as Hunter’s infamous deal with Burisma holdings, which paid the then-vice president’s son a whopping $1 million annually, allegedly in exchange for exposure to Biden. The accusations were spurred by emails recovered in 2020 from a laptop hard drive likely belonging to Hunter Biden, which appear to show him offering meetings with his father to foreign and domestic partners among other deal-making discussions. The gun investigation, meanwhile, relates to Hunter Biden’s attestation on a 2018 handgun purchase form not to be ‘an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance.’ Pictured: President Biden, First Lady Jill, and Hunter with his son Beau, watch a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in November, 2022.
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