Frustration With Hunter Biden Probe Grows – Frustration with the pace of the federal Hunter Biden investigation grows. The bulk of the work investigating the president’s son was completed last year. However, decisions would have to have been made as to whether to file charges. So what is going on?
Hunter Biden: All of the Problems
According to many reports, investigators found adequate evidence to prosecute Hunter Biden. The Washington Post reported last fall that they believe he committed tax crimes related to unreported income, and making a false statement on a federal gun permit.
Possible charges include two misdemeanor charges for failure to file taxes, a single felony count related to business expenses for one year of taxes, and a potential felony gun charge.
Responsibility for filing those charges lies with Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss, a Trump appointee retained by the Biden administration to complete the investigation.
A Whistleblower Steps Forward
A whistleblower complaint filed by an IRS supervisory agent could offer clues as to why Biden has not been prosecuted. He claimed through his lawyer Mark Lytle that the Biden administration has obstructed justice in the Hunter Biden case, saying that his evidence would show that a “senior political appointee” perjured himself in congressional testimony.
The New York Post reported that Attorney General Merrick Garland was the person in question in the letter. Garland claimed there would not be any political interference in the case. He told Sen. Bill Hagerty in April 2022 that no one would interfere with Weiss’ investigation and that the Justice Department would not keep him from completing his investigation.
“He is the supervisor of this investigation,” Garland said, adding that “we put the investigation in the hands of a Trump appointee from the previous administration, who is the US attorney for the district of Delaware, and … you have me as the attorney general, who is committed to the independence of the Justice Department from any influence from the White House in criminal matters.”
The anonymous whistleblower supervised the IRS investigation into Hunter Biden’s income from China and Ukraine, among other foreign locations.
Hunter Biden borrowed $2 million last year to cover his tax bill, but that does not absolve him from potential criminality in the case.
The White House told The New York Post that the president had nothing to do with obstructing justice in the Hunter Biden case.
“Since he took office and consistent with his campaign promise that he would restore the independence of the Justice Department when it comes to decision-making in criminal investigations, President Biden has made clear that this matter would be handled independently by the Justice Department, under the leadership of a US Attorney appointed by former President [Donald] Trump, free from any political interference by the White House,” White House spokesman Ian Sams said.
“He has upheld that commitment.”
Hunter Biden’s attorney Chris Clark accused the whistleblower of breaking the law.
“It is a felony for an IRS agent to improperly disclose information about an ongoing tax investigation,” Clark said. “The IRS has incredible power, and abusing that power by targeting, embarrassing, or disclosing information about a private citizen’s tax matters undermines Americans’ faith in the federal government. Unfortunately, that is what has happened and is happening here in an attempt to harm my client.”
Lytle wrote in his letter to congressional leaders that his client had not shared any tax information with him and was seeking to legally provide the information to the congressional committees inside the law.
“Out of an abundance of caution regarding taxpayer privacy laws, my client has refrained from sharing certain information even with me in the course of seeking legal advice,” Lytle wrote.
“Thus, it is challenging for me to make fully informed judgments about how best to proceed.”