Federal agents investigating Hunter Biden believe they have gathered enough evidence to charge the first son with tax crimes as well as a false statement related to a gun purchase, according to a new report.
The final decision on whether to charge the 52-year-old will be made by Delaware US Attorney David Weiss, who was appointed to the post by former President Donald Trump.
The Washington Post, citing people familiar with the investigation, reported that agents had determined months ago that they had assembled a viable criminal case against Hunter Biden. The newspaper reported that the investigation, which started by focusing on Hunter’s overseas business dealings, has shifted to whether he reported all his income from overseas transactions — as well as whether he lied about his history of substance abuse on a firearm purchase form in 2018.
Hunter Biden himself announced in December 2020 that his “tax affairs” were being investigated by federal authorities in Delaware, and said he was “confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately.”
At some point after that announcement, the first son paid off a tax bill totaling around $2 million.
Joe Biden has repeatedly insisted he has “never spoken” with his son Hunter about “his overseas business dealings.” However, a survey of the elder Biden’s activities while vice president suggests a different story.
In 2015, for example, Joe and Hunter Biden attended a DC dinner where the guest list included Russian billionaire Yelena Baturina and her husband, former Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov, according to records from a laptop that formerly belonged to Hunter Biden.