At a recent press conference, White House press secretary Jen Psaki refused to answer questions on Hunter Biden’s overseas business activities.
Peter Doocy of Fox News asked if President Joe Biden would back the appointment of a special counsel to look into his son’s business activities.
“The president has never had a conversation with the Department of Justice about any investigations involving any member of his family,” Psaki added. “He said it during the campaign, and he will continue to follow that practice. So I’d suggest you contact the Department of Justice for further details on how they intend to proceed. They would make those judgments independently.”
Doocy followed up by asking if the DOJ is concerned that it would not be able to make competent investigative judgments independently because White House chief of staff Ron Klain has claimed that President Biden is “confident” Hunter didn’t break the law.
“That is something the president has said, and we would certainly agree with it. However, Peter, during an interview this past week on ABC, Ron Klain stated that the Department of Justice is independent and will make their own judgments.”
Fox News’ reporter inquired as to whether the president’s claims that he had not spoken to Hunter about his international business activities were still valid, and Psaki said they were.
A jury in Delaware is looking into possible tax violations, money laundering, and overseas lobbying as part of a grand jury inquiry linked to Hunter Biden and Ukrainian oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky, the owner of Burisma Holdings. From 2014 to 2019, Joe Biden Jr. has served on the board of directors for Burisma Ltd., an oil company controlled by Zlochevsky.
Hunter Biden’s missing laptop, which he abandoned at a Delaware repair shop in 2019 and supposedly held thousands of emails and records about his business activities, has been verified by The New York Times and Washington Post. Hunter Biden’s involvement with Chinese energy company CEFC China Energy was revealed, as Ye Jianming paid his firm $4.8 million in wire payments to him and his uncle, James Biden.
During a presidential debate in 2020, Biden claimed that his son did not make money from Chinese energy companies and that “nothing was unethical” about his business deals. On Thursday, White House communications director Kate Bedinfield reaffirmed the president’s previous statements.
Emails revealed that Biden met with a senior Burisma executive in 2015 before he pressured former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to dismiss a prosecutor who was investigating the firm in exchange for a $1 billion guarantee.