Toronto Star

Biden’s son faces probe over ‘tax affairs’

- ERIC TUCKER, MICHAEL BALSAMO AND JONATHAN LEMIRE

WASHINGTON— U.S. president-elect Joe Biden’s son Hunter said Wednesday that his “tax affairs” are under federal investigat­ion, putting a renewed spotlight on the questions about his financial dealings that dogged his father’s campaign.

In a statement released by the president-elect’s transition office, the younger Biden said he learned about the investigat­ion on Tuesday. He did not disclose details of the matter.

The Justice Department’s investigat­ion, centring on potential tax fraud crimes, had been going on at least a year before president-elect Biden announced his candidacy, a person familiar with the matter said. Federal prosecutor­s reached out to Hunter Biden’s attorneys on Tuesday, the person said. Investigat­ors did not reach out in the weeks prior because of a Justice Department policy surroundin­g elections that prohibits overt investigat­ive acts.

“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,” Hunter Biden said in a statement.

He has long been a target of President Donald Trump and his allies, who have accused him of profiting off his political connection­s. Trump and his supporters also raised unsubstant­iated charges of corruption related to Hunter Biden’s work in Ukraine at the time his father was vice-president and leading the Obama administra­tion’s dealings with the Eastern European nation.

The disclosure of the federal investigat­ion led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware comes at an awkward moment for the incoming president, who is assembling his cabinet. His pick for attorney general could have oversight of the investigat­ion into the new president’s son if it is still ongoing when Biden is sworn in on Jan. 20.

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