President-elect Joe Biden told Stephen Colbert on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert he is “not concerned” about accusations against his son Hunter Biden amid the investigation by federal prosecutors into his son’s tax affairs.
Biden sat alongside his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, and expressed that they had ” great confidence in our son.”
“I am not concerned about any accusations made against him,” President-elect Biden continued. “It’s used to get to me. I think it’s kind of foul play.”
The Biden transition team clarified that Biden was not referring to the investigation as “foul play,” but to Republicans who used Hunter Biden’s business dealings to go after him personally for months, Fox News reported.
The Delaware U.S. Attorney is currently working with the IRS Criminal Investigation agency and the FBI to investigate Hunter Biden’s taxes. The investigation has been ongoing since 2018 but was only recently publicly disclosed.
Investigators have been examining multiple financial issues, including whether Hunter Biden and his associates violated tax and money laundering laws in business dealings in foreign countries, specifically China.
Hunter Biden’s involvement with Ukranian energy company Burisma in 2014 has also been under intense scrutiny. NBC News published emails this week which show Hunter Biden had $400,000 in unreported income from his time at Burisma Holdings.
“Look, it is what it is,” Joe Biden said. “He’s a grown man. He’s the smartest man I know. I mean, in a pure intellectual capacity. As long as he’s good, we’re good.”
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Rep. Patrick McHenry Announces Retirement, Adding to Congressional Exodus
Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., has declared that he will not seek re-election, becoming the latest in a growing list of lawmakers departing from Congress. McHenry, a close ally of former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, stated that he believes “there is a season for everything,” signaling the end of his tenure in the House. Having served since 2005, McHenry is the 37th member of Congress to announce they won’t seek re-election in 2024.
In a statement, McHenry reflected on the significance of the House of Representatives in the American political landscape, calling it the “center of our American republic.” He acknowledged the concerns about the future of the institution due to multiple departures but expressed confidence that new leaders would emerge and guide the House through its next phase.
The departure of McHenry and others comes against the backdrop of political shifts and challenges within the Republican Party. The GOP has faced setbacks in recent elections, including fallout from the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Internal strife and disagreements, exemplified by the rebellion against McCarthy, have characterized the party’s dynamics. The GOP’s approval rating stands at 30%, with a disapproval rating of 66%, reflecting the challenges and divisions within the party.
As McHenry steps aside, questions loom over the fate of open seats in the upcoming election. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report identifies five open House seats as potential Democrat pickup opportunities, while none are listed for the GOP. The departures raise concerns about the party’s unity and ability to navigate the evolving political landscape.
With a total of 20 departing Democratic legislators and 10 Republicans, the changing composition of Congress adds complexity to the political dynamics leading up to the 2024 elections. As McHenry emphasizes a hopeful view of the House’s future, the evolving political landscape will determine the impact of these departures on the balance of power in Congress.
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