Jen Psaki says Biden has NEVER spoken to his son Hunter about his foreign business dealings and insists there is no need for a special counsel in his tax probe
- White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said Sunday President Biden was ‘confident’ that his son Hunter Biden didn’t break the law
- Psaki rejected the idea of a special counsel to probe Hunter
- He has been under investigation since 2018 by a US attorney in Delaware
- She said Biden had never spoken to DOJ about any probe of a family member
- She also repeated Biden has never spoken to Hunter about his foreign dealings
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki reiterated Tuesday that President Joe Biden has never spoken to his son Hunter about his overseas business dealings, as she rejected the idea of a special counsel to oversee a government investigation.
Asked at her daily press briefing if it was still the case that Biden had never spoken to his son about his overseas business ventures, she responded simply: ‘Yes.’
The question came after White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said Biden was ‘confident’ that Hunter Biden didn’t break the law, following a Washington Post report on his dealings with a Chinese energy company, and a series of reports on a federal investigation into Hunter’s finances.
‘Of course the president is confident that his son didn’t break the law,’ said Klain.
Psaki rejected the idea of a special counsel out of hand, vouching for the independence of the Justice Department.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said President Biden has never spoken to his son Hunter about his foreign business dealings
‘Well, first, the President has never had a conversation with the Department of Justice about any investigations into any member of his family. He said that during the campaign, and he will continue to abide by that,’ she said.
‘So I point you to the Department of Justice for any additional steps they would take they would make those decisions independently.’
Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy asked Psaki if DOJ would be able to make decisions independently in light of Klain’s comments.
The New York Times reported this week that Biden is privately concerned Garland isn’t moving ‘decisively’ enough against Jan. 6th defendants.
She was asked about a special counsel following statements by White House chief of staff Ron Klain saying Biden was ‘confident’ that Hunter Biden didn’t break the law
Hunter Biden has been under investigation for his finances since 2018
The White House pushed back on a report that President Biden is privately concerned attorney general Merrick Garland isn’t moving ‘decisively’ enough against Jan. 6th defendants. Psaki was asked about a special counsel to probe Hunter Biden
Klain disputed that report on Sunday. ‘I’ve never heard the president say that — advocate the prosecution of any person,’ he told ABC’s ‘This Week.’
Asked about Klain’s comment that Biden was confident his son didn’t break the law, Psaki responded: ‘Well, that’s something the President has said and certainly we would echo. But in the same answer to that question, Peter, during an interview this week on ABC, Ron Klain also said the Justice Department is independent and they will make their own decisions.’
There have been a series of reports that a federal investigation of Hunter’s finances, being run by a U.S. attorney in Wilmington, is heating up.
Hunter Biden has not been accused of any wrongdoing. Public records in D.C. reveal that $450,000 in tax liens on him there have been lifted.
A Washington Post report this week revealed that Chinese company CEFC China Energy and its execs had paid $4.8 million to entities controlled by the president’s son.