Federal agents believe they have enough evidence to support charges against Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, on tax crimes and false testimony in connection with the purchase of a gun, the Washington Post reported Thursday.
It is now up to US Attorney for Delaware David Weiss, an agent for former President Donald Trump, to decide whether Hunter will be prosecuted on those charges, noted the Post, citing people familiar with the investigation.
The newspaper reported that federal agents “determined months ago that they had put together a viable criminal case against the younger Biden.”
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In a statement to NBC News, Hunter Biden’s attorney Chris Clark said: “It is a federal crime for a federal agent to disclose information about a grand jury investigation such as this one. Apparently every agent you cite as a source in your article has committed such a crime. We trust that the Department of Justice will carefully investigate and prosecute such bad actors.
“As is reasonable and required by law, we believe that prosecutors in this case will carefully and thoroughly consider not only the evidence presented by the agents, but also all other witnesses in this case, including defense witnesses,” Clark said. “That’s the job of prosecutors. They should not be pressured, rushed or criticized for doing their job.”
Hunter announced in late 2020 that Weiss was conducting a criminal investigation into his tax affairs.
The Post noted in its report that the potential gun-related charges stemmed from Hunter’s October 2018 purchase of a handgun, which required him to fill out a federal form asking if he was a narcotics user or addict. According to a book he later wrote, Hunter answered “no” to that question, even though he was using crack cocaine at the time.
Read the full Washington Post article here.