Federal agents investigating Hunter Biden for tax and gun crimes believe they have enough evidence to charge him, The Washington Post reported Thursday.
Biden has faced investigation in the Federal District of Delaware since 2018 over allegedly failing to pay taxes and lying on a federal firearm application. U.S. Attorney David Weiss, a holdover from the Trump administration, is conducting the investigation, and would be the person who decides whether or not to bring charges, according to The Washington Post.
“It is a federal felony for a federal agent to leak information about a Grand Jury investigation such as this one,” Biden’s attorney said in a statement. “Any agent you cite as a source in your article apparently has committed such a felony. We expect the Department of Justice will diligently investigate and prosecute such bad actors.”
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 6, 2022
The gun charges would stem from a firearm application Biden submitted to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms in 2018. Biden claimed on the application that he was not “an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance.” However, he later suggested in his memoir that he was using crack cocaine during the time period in question, writing that he was “smoking crack every 15 minutes.”
The Internal Revenue Service placed a $112,805 lien on Biden in 2015, the same time that he was serving on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma. Rosemont Seneca Bohai (RSB), a firm controlled by Biden’s business partner, paid him more than $700,000 between June 2014 and October 2015. Burisma received funds from RSB at the same time as it paid Biden.
Biden paid a “significant” amount in back taxes shortly after the 2020 election, The New York Times reported. In revealing that he was under investigation, Biden claimed that he was “confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately.”
Biden could also face charges related to the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), which requires “agents of foreign principals… to make periodic public disclosure of their relationship with the foreign principal.” He and business partner Tony Bobulinski texted about setting up a shell corporation that they believed could help them avoid registering under FARA. Biden conducted business with CEFC China Energy through the company Hudson West III in 2017 and 2018.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
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