Joe Biden and Jill Biden gave their first post-election joint interview to A Late Show host Stephen Colbert on Thursday, and one excerpt already has filtered out.
During the sit-down, Colbert asked Biden about federal prosecutors’ tax investigation of their son Hunter, whose business dealings were a target throughout the presidential campaign.
“We have great confidence in our son,” Biden said, according to a clip shown on CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell. “I am not concerned about any accusations that have been made against him. It’s used to get to me. I think it’s kind of foul play but — look, it is what it is, and, he’s a grown man, he is the smartest man I know, I mean from a pure intellectual capacity. And as long as he’s good, we’re good.”
Colbert replied, “As a father I understand that and I admire that. But I mean, in terms of your job as president, can you reach across the aisle to people who’ll be using this as an attack on you when it is such a personal attack because it’s about family?”
“If it benefits the country, yes. I really mean it,” Biden said.
Hunter Biden issued a statement on Dec. 9 in which he said, “I learned yesterday for the first time that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware advised my legal counsel, also yesterday, that they are investigating my tax affairs. I take this matter very seriously but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisors.”
Colbert headlined a fundraiser for Biden during the campaign.
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