Following the launch of Republican-led congressional investigations, allies of President Joe Biden are considering setting up a legal defense fund to assist in covering Hunter Biden’s legal costs resulting from the investigations.
The Washington Post was the first to report the story, noting that the legal fund could amount to more than $10 million. Currently, the discussions are still in the early stages and Hunter Biden’s legal advisers are not currently looking to have a defense created.
However, they have noted that the GOP’s probes were unfounded and appeared to be politically driven. Discussions about how they should respond to the probes have been prominent among Biden’s advisers.
Until recently, the team had decided to act with caution until the official federal criminal investigation into Hunter Biden in Delaware had been concluded and all charges had been filed. However, in recent months a reassessment was necessary so that the team could pursue a more proactive strategy.
The Republicans have not yet finalized their plans for their investigations into Hunter Biden, who they have claimed has abused his father’s political influence and connections for his own personal profit. GOP lawmakers have also been critical of many of the overseas deals that Hunter Biden has engaged in, including his presence on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas company in 2019. Previously he had co-founded an investment firm that allowed a Chinese firm to buy a Congolese cobalt mine from a U.S. company in 2016.
Biden has maintained that the investigation would show that he had always handled his business legally and appropriately.