Hunter Biden may face charges soon


President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, could be facing criminal charges now that an appointee of former President Donald Trump is closing in. David Weiss, the US attorney for Delaware, is deciding whether to prosecute Hunter Biden for late filing of his 2016 and 2017 tax returns and possibly making around US$30,000 in false deductions, the New York Times reported.

Investigators have pored over documents related to and questioned witnesses about his overseas business dealings. They include his role on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company led by an oligarch who at the time was under investigation for corruption — a position that Hunter accepted while his father, as vice president, was overseeing Obama administration policy in Ukraine.

They also include his equity stake in a Chinese business venture, and his failed joint venture with a Chinese tycoon who had courted well-connected Americans in both parties — at one point he gave Hunter Biden a large diamond as a gift — but was later detained by Chinese authorities.

Mr. Weiss is also said to be considering charging Hunter Biden, who has openly acknowledged his years of struggle with drugs and alcohol, with lying on a U.S. government form that he filled out to purchase a handgun in 2018. On the form, he answered that he was not using drugs — an assertion that prosecutors might be able to challenge based on his erratic behavior and possible witness accounts of his drug use around that period.

Weiss was nominated in 2017 but kept on by Attorney General Merrick Garland to avoid any appearance of politically motivated meddling in the election.

Hunter Biden’s attorneys have argued that even if the accusations are provable they are usually handled civilly and not criminally.

The new information could potentially assist Republicans in their efforts to nail President Biden and bring impeachment charges, the report said.

The story broke hours after Rep. James Comer, the new chairman of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, demanded that the Treasury Department submit all suspicious activity reports on Hunter Biden.

The US Secret Service has “located” hundreds of documents related to Hunter Biden’s purchase of a handgun that was later found after being discarded in a dumpster behind a small grocer in Delaware.

“Hunter Biden’s sister-in-law, Hallie Biden, reportedly threw his handgun in a trash container in Delaware in 2020. Agents with the Secret Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) were reportedly involved. Based on the reports, a transparency group called Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Secret Service asking for records related to the incident, including reports, telephone logs, and witness statements. The Secret Service, in its initial April 2021 response, said it located records and would process them. But more than a year later, in October, it said the response was sent in error and that the agency had never actually located any responsive records. The third change came in a recent court filing that was lodged after Judicial Watch sued over the matter. The Secret Service now says more than 100 records have been located”, the report said.

Hunter and Hallie, the wife of Hunter’s late brother Beau, were reportedly having an affair at the time.

“Since the Complaint was filed, the Parties have conferred about the intended scope of Judicial Watch’s FOIA request and, in response, USSS has run supplemental searches and located over 100 records, totaling over 400 pages, potentially responsive to Judicial Watch’s request under the clarified understanding of that request”, the Secret Service and Judicial Watch said in a joint case report filed on November 10 with the US court in Washington, DC.

Initially, the Secret Service denied having the records, noted Judicial Watch.

“The Secret Service’s changing story on records raises additional questions about its role in the Hunter Biden gun incident,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton noted in a statement. “One thing is clear, Judicial Watch’s persistence means the public may get records that the Secret Service suggested didn’t exist”.

At issue is Hunter Biden’s response to a question on a federal gun form asking about prior drug use. According to reports, the first son said he did not use drugs, though he has admitted to a raging cocaine habit, and video, as well as photographic evidence of that drug use, was found on the infamous laptop he allegedly abandoned at a Delaware computer repair shop.

It is a felony to lie on a federal gun form.


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