William Barr, who served as Attorney General during the Bush 41 and Trump administrations, said on Saturday that Hunter Biden is going to face “serious charges” resulting from a Department of Justice investigation.
The DOJ has been investigating Hunter, the son of President Joe Biden, for years, in relation to alleged tax offenses and for making false statements on firearm purchase paperwork (Hunter declared that he was not using drugs while purchasing a gun when in fact, he was addicted to cocaine).
Barr, who was running the DOJ at the time the Hunter Biden investigation began, said he believes DOJ officials are “nearing a charging decision.”
Barr weighs in on Hunter Biden
Here’s what Barr had to say about the meeting between prosecutors and Hunter Biden’s defense team:
“There’s probably been a lot of hand-wringing in many different places, but I assume that the defense went in there to try and see what they think would be a way to resolve this without serious charges against Hunter Biden,” Barr said. “I suspect that they’re going to be unsuccessful.”
Barr continued, saying that the tax case against Biden is “complicated” and, accordingly, will likely take a long time to resolve.
Barr speculated that the DOJ may be investigating the claims – that House Republicans are making – that Hunter Biden and his father have behaved unethically while conducting business with foreign entities, including some associated with the Chinese Communist Party.
Barr spoke more moderately about Biden, and his alleged corruption, than House Republicans, like James Comey who is leading the House Oversight Investigation, typically do.
“There’s a difference between abuses of power, shameful behavior when you’re in power and so forth – and something that can actually be proven as a crime,” Barr said.
“I joined the conclusion that there was a lot of shameful self-dealing and influence peddling and so forth. I think the American people should take note. That should be explained and shown to the American people. The question of whether you can prove a crime is a different matter.”
Hunter Biden Negotiating?
William Barr isn’t the only legal expert weighing in on the Hunter Biden situation.
Alan Dershowitz, the famed defense attorney and law professor, also spoke about Team Biden’s meeting with federal prosecutors.
“It was the Biden people who sought the meeting,” Dershowitz said, “which means they’re probably in negotiating mode. People don’t seek meetings just for a status report or an update, you can do that on the phone. When you bring in a group of lawyers to talk to people in the Justice Department, it’s generally part of a negotiation.”
Elsewhere in Hunter Biden News
The removal happened after a whistleblower (Gary Shapley) made disclosures to Congress about a cover-up.
Outsider observers are understandably upset with the development – perhaps none more so than the attorneys now representing the whistleblower who assert that the whistleblower had the right make disclosures to Congress under 5 U.S.C. Section 2302.
So, expect some Hunter Biden-adjacent lawsuits.
But whatever happens in the short-term, expect Hunter Biden to be in the news for the foreseeable future.
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Harrison Kass is the Senior Editor at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, Harrison joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison holds a BA from Lake Forest College, a JD from the University of Oregon, and an MA from New York University. Harrison listens to Dokken.