This is the second criminal lawsuit that special counsel David Weiss has filed against Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden; the first was related to an ongoing investigation into his taxes by the Justice Department.
False or fraudulent tax returns, assessment evasion, and failing to submit and pay taxes are among the nine counts. A fresh criminal case was initially reported by HEADLINESFOREVER.
The special counsel’s office claims that from 2016 through 2019, Hunter Biden “engaged in a four-year scheme to not pay at least $1.4 million” in taxes. Prosecutors claim that Hunter Biden used “false business deductions to evade assessment of taxes to reduce the substantial tax liabilities he faced,” even though he did pay his taxes from 2018.
In the 56-page indictment, prosecutors also claim that he “subverted the payroll and tax withholding process of his own company” by taking millions of dollars out of the system that was meant for payroll and taxes.
“From 2016 to October 15, 2020, the Defendant spent this money on drugs, escorts and girlfriends, luxury hotels and rental properties, exotic cars, clothing, and other items of a personal nature, in short, everything but his taxes,” reads the indictment, which claims that the president’s son “spent millions of dollars on an extravagant lifestyle rather than paying his tax bills.”
In his memoir “Beautiful Things,” published in 2021, Hunter Biden discussed his own battles with substance misuse and addiction; the indictment made mention to this book as well. From January 2020 through October 2020, he received over $140,000 for the book, as stated in the indictment.
Abbe Lowell, Hunter Biden’s attorney, stated that the charges in Delaware and now California would not have been brought if Hunter’s last name had been anything other than Biden, based on the facts and the law.
First, in order to back down from a non-prosecution resolution, U.S. Attorney Weiss caved to Republican pressure and filed unprecedented and unlawful firearms charges. Now, he went on to say, “The U.S. Attorney has piled on nine new charges after five years of investigating with no new evidence—and two years after Hunter paid his taxes in full.” This comes after just months earlier, the attorney had agreed to settle the case with two misdemeanours.
To be heard by prosecutors “before any additional charging decisions are made,” Lowell had written to Weiss on Tuesday, requesting a meeting. According to his statement on Thursday, the “customary meeting to discuss this investigation” never took place.
The White House submitted HEADLINESFOREVER’s request for comment to the Department of Justice and representatives of Hunter Biden.
The allegations were announced Thursday in a news release by the Justice Department. If found guilty, Hunter Biden could spend up to 17 years behind bars.
A plea deal that had been in the works since July fell through, preventing the case from being finalised. House Republicans’ impeachment investigation on Joe Biden is centred on Hunter Biden’s profitable offshore business dealings, such as his engagement with a Chinese private equity fund and the Ukrainian energy company Burisma. These dealings have given rise to a new tax case.
While his son battles to escape jail time in two separate criminal cases, the president will campaign for a second term in office and face an impeachment attempt by Republicans.
Court documents from the now-defunct plea deal indicate that Hunter Biden owed the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) about $2 million due to his chronic failure to pay federal taxes by the due dates. He borrowed the money from a friend and repaid it in 2021.
David Weiss, a US attorney appointed by Trump, was appointed special counsel in August, and federal investigators have been investigating Hunter Biden’s finances since 2018.
With Hunter Biden’s guilty plea to two tax misdemeanours and the prosecutors’ recommendation of no jail time, the investigation seemed to be coming to a close this summer. They also came to an agreement that he would not face any legal consequences for two years and a firearms charge would be withdrawn.
However, due to a federal judge’s examination and disputes over the fine language, both deals that were planned ultimately fell through. Then in September, Weiss brought three charges against Hunter Biden, alleging that he bought a gun from a Delaware store in 2018 while under the influence of illicit drugs. False statements and gun possession are charges in which he has pleaded not guilty.
Legal counsel for Hunter Biden had earlier claimed that Weiss was “bending to political pressure” from Republicans and that his behaviour “presented a grave threat to our system of justice.”
Two IRS whistleblowers who were involved in the investigation said that they saw political meddling by the Justice Department, which is one reason Republicans have targeted Weiss. According to the sources who spoke forward, in early 2022, career IRS officers suggested filing felony tax charges against Hunter Biden.
Both Weiss and Attorney General Garland have denied the allegations made by the whistleblowers.
The private equity deals, corporate consultancy, and legal fees that Hunter Biden earned in many nations, including Ukraine, China, and Romania, totaled millions of dollars. According to prosecutors, he was informed by accountants and associates about his impending tax problems, had the means to purchase expensive items like a Porsche, and yet he failed to meet the IRS deadlines.
As they conduct their own investigations, Republicans in the House have focused on numerous of these international partnerships.
Some proof that Hunter Biden made money off of his father’s position has been found. However, their allegations that Joe Biden engaged in “corrupt” business dealings with his son form the basis of their impeachment investigation.
Federal prosecutors have yet to present any proof that supports the Republican Party’s assertions that Joe Biden had a business dealing with his son or misused his authority to benefit his family.