Hannity played the audio which had been obtained by The Daily Mail and was reportedly recorded on October 15, 2018—three days after Hunter Biden allegedly made a false statement while purchasing a gun.
The Washington Post reported last week that federal agents investigating Hunter Biden believe there may be enough evidence to bring charges against him for that gun purchase as well as alleged tax crimes.
In the 2018 voicemail, Joe Biden can be heard to say: “It’s Dad. I called to tell you I love you. I love you more than the whole world, pal. You gotta get some help. I know you don’t know what to do. I don’t either.”
Hunter Biden has been open about his history of drug use and his struggles with addiction, while his father has previously said he’s proud of his son for overcoming addiction.
After he aired the voicemail on Monday, Hannity said: “It’s actually sad.”
“By the way, replace the name Biden with Trump and imagine how the mob and the media would be covering all of this,” the Fox News host added. “Instead, they’d rather perpetuate one hoax after another, just like they did with the dirty Steele dossier.”
Hannity was referring to a disputed opposition research report about former President Donald Trump which contained many claims that have not been verified.
Some social media users were critical of Hannity for airing the voicemail and defended Biden’s comments to his son.
“A parent expressing love and concern for their child is scandalous? Not sure I understand,” wrote podcast host Rachel Vindman.
Journalist Aaron Rupar shared a still showing a quote from the voicemail displayed during Hannity’s show and wrote: “what a monster.”
Newsweek has asked the White House and an attorney for Hunter Biden for comment.
In a statement to The Washington Post last week, Chris Clark, a lawyer for Hunter Biden, accused investigators of leaking information which he said was a federal felony.
“As is proper and legally required, we believe the prosecutors in this case are diligently and thoroughly weighing not just evidence provided by agents, but also all the other witnesses in this case, including witnesses for the defense. That is the job of the prosecutors. They should not be pressured, rushed, or criticized for doing their job,” Clark said.
The Mail said on Monday that the voicemail had been left on an “abandoned laptop” belonging to Hunter Biden.
Hunter Biden has been a focus of controversy since the 2020 presidential election, with former President Trump taking aim at him during a debate with then former Vice President Biden.
“My son, like a lot of people … had a drug problem,” Biden said in response to Trump at the time. “He’s overtaken it. He’s fixed it. He’s worked on it. And I’m proud of him.”