First lady Jill Biden criticized the Republican Party’s unyielding attacks on her and the president Joe Bidenthe son, Hunter Bidenas having a negative effect on Mr. Biden’s youngest children and the rest of the Biden family, calling the incessant rhetoric directed at his son “cruel.”
Dr. Biden defended his son, a Yale-trained lawyer and former lobbyist turned visual artist who has struggled with substance abuse disorders for decades, during an interview with MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski that aired Thursday. Morning Joe.
“I think what they’re doing to Hunter is cruel, and I’m really proud of the way Hunter has rebuilt his life after his addiction,” she said after Brzezinski asked how she and Mr. Biden had faced targeting of Hunter, who is President Biden’s only surviving son from his first marriage.
Continuing, Dr Biden said she loved her son and said it was “hard” to see him attacked. She added that the GOP Hunter’s targeting also had a negative effect on her children – her and President Biden’s grandchildren.
“It hurt my grandchildren. And that’s what worries me so much: it affects their lives as well,” she said.
Dr. Biden’s defense of his son comes just a day after he made a surprise appearance at the Capitol, part of a House Oversight Committee resolution to convict him of contempt of Congress.
Last year, the Republican-led panel issued a subpoena seeking documents and testimony from Mr. Biden, whom Republicans baselessly accused of being part of illicit influence-peddling schemes aimed at take advantage of his father’s position.
Mr. Biden said he was willing to testify before the committee, but only in a public setting.
In addition to being the subject of a congressional investigation led by the Republican Party, Hunter Biden is also the target of a Justice Department probe overseen by David Weiss, a Trump-appointed U.S. attorney in Delaware who elevated Attorney General Merrick Garland to special counsel. last fall.
He faces charges in Delaware related to his alleged possession of a firearm while suffering from drug addiction, and he was scheduled to appear in a California court Thursday to answer federal tax evasion charges. Both sets of charges were filed against him by Mr. Weiss.