NBC News has revealed bad news for Hunter Biden. Federal investigators could reportedly bring charges soon. The media outlet reported that sources familiar with the investigation believe that there are four potential criminal charges against Hunter. This would consist of three tax misconduct accusations and a charge regarding a gun buy.
Hunter Biden: The End of the Line?
Specifically, there could be two misdemeanor crimes for allegedly not filing an income tax return, as well as one tax year where he might be accused of committing business tax fraud. This would also consist of a felony charge for tax evasion on the business side, and a potential felony for falsifying a response on a federal gun purchase form.
The two senior law enforcement investigators expressed “growing frustration” at the FBI because the probe into Hunter ended more than a year ago. The IRS reportedly completed the investigation into the younger Biden over a year earlier as well, according to the anonymous witnesses.
If there are charges against Hunter, they would come from Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss, who is a Trump appointee. However, the charges are still under consideration, and a final decision has not been made, NBC said.
The look into Hunter’s tax situation began in 2018. Investigators began examining his overseas business activities and whether he reported income from those transactions on his federal tax forms for individual and business filings. They also examined a federal gun purchase form in which Hunter may have been less than truthful about prior narcotics use. Hunter had revealed he had a substance abuse problem in the past in prior statements and in his autobiography. In 2018, Hunter reportedly bought a firearm, and this would have been after revelations of his drug use had been publicized.
Hunter is also a target, along with several family members, of a probe by the U.S. House Oversight Committee into whether he was paid from proceeds from a Chinese energy company through a business associate. Congressman James Comer, the chair of the committee and its staff have examined Suspicious Activity Reports that revealed allegedly questionable wire transfers from the firm in China. It is not known what this payment is for and whether the IRS was also looking into the tax implications and liability of the money that was deposited into Hunter’s account.
An IRS whistleblower came forward this week, and through his attorney has said he wants to testify to Congress that the investigation into Hunter has been “obstructed” by “preferential treatment and politics.” The president has maintained that he has steered clear of the investigation and that he has allowed the DOJ and the U.S. Attorney wide latitude in their work without White House political interference.
The president’s son has said he has not committed wrongdoing regarding his taxes and that all of his business activity has been proper and aboveboard. President Joe Biden has said the wire transfers are not true. Comer pointed out his committee has found Suspicious Activity Reports involving a total of nine Biden family members who may have received various payments for unknown reasons.
Hunter Biden has been the center of inquiry for years. The man just can’t seem to shake investigatory and media attention. It is almost like he prefers a state of crisis. Hunter could be indicted, and it doesn’t seem to register with him how serious his legal plight could be. He has certainly led a risky lifestyle, according to his book, and he has overlooked how legal proceedings have played out against him. He is definitely an inconvenience for the president and could bring more embarrassment to the White House should he be indicted.
Author Expertise and Experience: Serving as 19FortyFive’s Defense and National Security Editor, Dr. Brent M. Eastwood is the author of Humans, Machines, and Data: Future Trends in Warfare. He is an Emerging Threats expert and former U.S. Army Infantry officer. You can follow him on Twitter @BMEastwood. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and Foreign Policy/ International Relations.