Hunter Biden, the son of US President-elect Joe Biden, revealed on Wednesday that his tax affairs were under investigation by federal prosecutors.
Mr Biden said his attorneys were made aware of the investigation by the Delaware attorney’s office a day earlier. A spokesperson for the office declined to comment on an ongoing investigation.
“I take this matter very seriously, but I am confident that a professional and objective examination of this matter will demonstrate that I have handled my affairs in a legal and proper manner, including with the benefit of professional tax advisers,” said Hunter Biden in a statement.
The investigation raises complications for his father and the person he chooses to lead the US Department of Justice as attorney general.
Joe Biden has said he will respect the independence of the attorney general and will not interfere in any individual case. As president, he would have the power to issue pardons for any federal crime.
His attorney general, however, may face requests from Republicans to recuse themselves from the case.
The president-elect’s transition team said in a statement he was “deeply proud of his son, who has struggled through difficult challenges, including vicious personal attacks in recent months, to come out stronger.”
The outgoing president has frequently attacked Hunter Biden as a “crook”. Just weeks before polling day, Mr. Trump publicly called on his attorney general, William Barr, to open an investigation into Hunter Biden.
Delaware US attorney David Weiss was appointed by Mr Trump but had been a senior official in the office since 2007, including a stint as acting and acting US attorney from 2009 to 2011 under the administration Obama.