Democrat President Joe Biden has responded to the news that his son would be pleading guilty to multiple federal charges by saying he is “proud of his son.”
Biden’s comments came after a “Meeting On Artificial Intelligence” with California Governor Gavin Newsom in San Francisco on Tuesday.
After telling reporters to leave the room so he didn’t have to answer questions, Biden briefly responded to repeated questions about his son Hunter’s guilty plea.
“Mr. President, have you spoken to your son today?” a reporter asked.
“I’m very proud of my son,” Biden said.
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Earlier that day, The Washington Post reported that President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, had reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors as part of a multi-year long investigation. Hunter will reportedly plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax crimes and admit the facts of a gun charge.
In the deal, which was negotiated in a deal with Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss, Hunter will plead guilty to failing to pay about $100,000 in taxes for 2017 and for failing to pay a similar amount in 2018.
Hunter is not expected to undergo any jail time and will be given two years of probation.
Hunter is also expected to enter a diversion program after admitting the illegal purchase of a firearm in 2018. The gun charge could be revoked from his record after completing the diversion program, according to sources who spoke with the Post.
“The defendant has agreed to plead guilty to both counts of the tax Information,” the prosecutors said in a letter sent Tuesday. “The defendant has agreed to enter a Pretrial Diversion Agreement with respect to the firearm Information.”