Joe Biden says he's 'proud of my son'
Hunter Biden has become the subject of an investigation from the US attorney’s office in Delaware he announced in a statement last week. The President-Elect’s son became the target of vicious rumours before the November general election this year when Donald Trump’s private attorney Rudi Giuliani leaked recordings allegedly relating to Mr Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine. Joe Biden signalled his pride for his son and stuck by him as the allegations unfolded, and has done the same again this time.
Who is Hunter Biden?
Hunter Biden is Mr Biden’s youngest son from his first marriage to Neilia Hunter Biden.
His mother and baby sister Naomi died in a car crash in 1972 when he was just two-years-old.
He, his older brother Beau and the now President-Elect escaped but with injuries, and he went on to train as a lawyer.
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After working with bank holding company MBNA, he became a lobbyist in 2001.
He distanced his lobbying from his family, with Mr Biden allegedly not telling his father about his activities, who in turn didn’t ask.
Mr Biden signed on as a member of the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian holding company owned by oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky, in 2014.
Around the same time, he also served as a board member of BHR Partners, a Chinese investment fund.
His position at the former firm drew controversy at the time, as Mr Biden’s father was in his second term as Vice President under Barack Obama.
The vice played a part in forming US policy towards Ukraine, and, in line with the EU, encouraged the country’s government to dismiss prosecutor Viktor Shokin over allegations of blocking corruption investigations.
Both Mr Giuliani and President Trump later promoted unfounded allegations Mr Biden pushed to fire Mr Shokin to protect his son and Burisma Holdings.
However, officials have failed to produce evidence of any wrongdoing from his son.
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An audit conducted by Ukrainian prosecutors probed his activities with the company from 2014 to the end of his term in 2019.
Speaking earlier this year, the former prosecutor-general Ruslan Ryaboshapka found no evidence of involvement from Mr Biden in any cases relating to Burisma.
Rumours sprouted once again in the run-up to Election Day 2020 when Mr Giuliani leaked unverified recordings allegedly showing conversations between then-Vice President Biden and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko while his son worked for the holdings firm.
The leaked recordings ultimately provided no evidence of wrongdoing either, and Mr Poroshenko denied their conversation ever touched on Burisma.
The latest investigation hails from Delaware, where the local US attorney’s office has opened an inquiry into his “tax affairs”.
Neither Mr Biden nor his father has revealed the specifics of any accusations.
He said in a statement: “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 advisers.”
In a separate statement, Mr Biden said he was “deeply proud” of his son.
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