A new poll shows that over half of all Americans believe that Hunter Biden got let off easy by Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss because of his political connections.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that 75% of Republicans and 33% of Democrats believe that the plea deal was political.
Weiss unveiled a plea agreement Tuesday that would keep Biden from being charged with a felony firearms charge as had been recommended. Biden would plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges for failing to file income taxes for 2017 and 2018.
He was appointed in 2017 by former President Donald Trump based on recommendations from Delaware’s Democratic Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons.
Court filings show that Hunter Biden received $1.5 million in 2017 and 2018 despite owing over $100,000.
Biden Plea Deal Covers Significant Years
Those years were ones during which bank records indicate that he and at least eight members of the Biden family received millions of dollars from accounts linked to CEFC China Energy, according to documents made public by the House Oversight and Accountability Committee.
Weiss’s office announced that the investigation was ongoing despite the plea.
CEFC had deep ties to Chinese military intelligence. Biden’s business partner Ye Jianming previously served as deputy secretary general of the China Association for International Friendly Contacts (CAIFC). Biden’s other CEFC-linked business partners Patrick Ho and Gongwen Dong had close connections with Chinese military intelligence.
Biden referred to Ho as the “spy chief of China” in a 2018 message found on his laptop. Finances from the unreported years were diverted through a network of LLCs that bank records
Former CIA Station Chief Sam Faddis contends the real story of the Hunter Biden financial controversy is one of espionage, not corruption.
“This was a Chinese intelligence operation. It fits precisely with the pattern seen all over the world and is well-known to our intelligence and counterintelligence agencies. This is not about hookers, ‘blow’, or corruption. It is about espionage,” Faddis told 19FortyFive.
Plea Deal Eliminates Possibility of Biden Trial During Election Cycle
“He looks forward to continuing his recovery and moving forward,” Biden attorney Chris Clark said in a statement. He also dismissed the prosecutor’s statement that the deal is ongoing.
“The five-year investigation into Hunter is resolved,” Clark said.
This deal removes the possibility that Hunter Biden would go on trial during the 2024 election cycle. Republicans criticized the prosecution, saying it missed the point. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy slammed the lenient prosecution.
“It continues to show the two-tier system in America,” McCarthy said of Hunter Biden’s plea deal. “If you are the president’s leading political opponent, the DOJ tries to literally put you in jail and give you prison time. But if you are the president’s son, you get a sweetheart deal.”
Other Republicans online faulted the charges, suggesting they avoided what they see as the most important aspect of the Hunter Biden case.
“The extreme likelihood of Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) violations by #HunterBiden is the most important and most obvious case against him, and one that could connect such alleged violations with other members of the #Biden family. So it was deep-sixed. Of course,” Amb. Miguel Fernandez wrote on Twitter.
“I think that if Trump wanted to work out a deal for the documents case, he would have gotten a misdemeanor as well under similar arrangements,” Abramowitz said. “So I don’t think there’s anything extraordinary.”
John Rossomando was a senior analyst for Defense Policy and served as Senior Analyst for Counterterrorism at The Investigative Project on Terrorism for eight years. His work has been featured in numerous publications such as The American Thinker, The National Interest, National Review Online, Daily Wire, Red Alert Politics, CNSNews.com, The Daily Caller, Human Events, Newsmax, The American Spectator, TownHall.com, and Crisis Magazine. He also served as senior managing editor of The Bulletin, a 100,000-circulation daily newspaper in Philadelphia, and received the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors first-place award for his reporting.