“Are you confident your son Hunter did nothing wrong?” a reporter asked after an event where the president-elect officially announced former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg as his nominee for Secretary of Transportation.
“I’m confident,” Biden replied.
This is the second time that Biden has commented publicly on his son after Hunter Biden confirmed last Wednesday that his tax affairs were being investigated by the U.S. attorney’s office in Delaware, the Bidens’ home state. When asked by a reporter Friday if his son committed a crime, Biden responded by saying, “I’m proud of my son.”
Furthermore, this comment from the president-elect comes after NBC News this past weekend published emails it had obtained which show that Hunter Biden had $400,000 in unreported income from his time at Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company, while his father was vice president and the Obama administration’s public face of its Ukraine policy.
Additionally, outgoing U.S. Attorney General William Barr was reportedly aware of federal investigations into Hunter Biden before the November 3 presidential election and worked to ensure the information was not released to the public, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
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In a turn of events, the House of Representatives made history on Friday with a vote to expel Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), marking the first such expulsion in over two decades. A moment fraught with gravity unfolded as Speaker Mike Johnson wielded his gavel to formalize Santos’ removal, setting a precedent in congressional annals.
Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.
Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.
Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.
Santos himself predicted the outcome in an exclusive morning interview on “FOX & Friends.” This vote not only underlines the House’s rare use of expulsion powers but also sets a critical precedent in handling members facing severe legal challenges.
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