Federal agents consider they’ve enough evidence to support charging Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, with tax crimes and making a false statement in reference to the acquisition of a gun, The Washington Post reported Thursday.
It’s now as much as U.S. Attorney for Delaware David Weiss, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, to determine whether to prosecute Hunter on those charges, noted the Post, which cited people aware of the investigation.
The newspaper reported that federal agents “determined months ago they’d assembled a viable criminal case against the younger Biden.”
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In an announcement to NBC News, Chris Clark, Hunter Biden’s lawyer, said: “It’s a federal felony for a federal agent to leak details about a Grand Jury investigation similar to this one. Any agent you cite as a source in your article apparently has committed such a felony. We expect the Department of Justice will diligently investigate and prosecute such bad actors.”
“As is proper and legally required, we consider the prosecutors on this case are diligently and thoroughly weighing not only evidence provided by agents, but additionally all the opposite witnesses on this case, including witnesses for the defense,” Clark said. “That’s the job of the prosecutors. They shouldn’t be pressured, rushed, or criticized for doing their job.”
Hunter revealed in late 2020 that Weiss was conducting a criminal probe into his tax affairs.
The Post in its report noted that the potential gun-related charge stems from Hunter’s October 2018 purchase of a handgun, which required him to fill out a federal form that asked whether he was a user of or hooked on narcotics. Hunter answered “no” to that query, despite being a user of crack cocaine on the time, in accordance with a book that he later wrote.