Hunter Biden to Plead Guilty to Two Tax Charges and a Gun Charge
Is Hunter Biden going from the White House to the Big House?
The First Son will plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges of willfully failing to pay federal income tax and one count of illegal possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance, prosecutors announced Tuesday. Biden lied about his drug use when applying for his gun permit.
According to the U.S. District Attorney for the District of Delaware David C. Weiss, Hunter Biden “received taxable income in excess of $1,500,000 annually in calendar years 2017 and 2018. Despite owing in excess of $100,000 in federal income taxes each year, he did not pay the income tax due for either year.”
Weiss says if convicted, Biden could face a maximum of two years in prison on the tax charges and 10 years for the gun charge. However the filing indicates a plea deal has been reached. And Biden has agreed to a diversionary program that would wipe clean the gun charge. The deal will likely keep Biden from any time behind bars.
Weiss says the “investigation is ongoing.”
You can read the filing here.
A Five Year Investigation … and Lots of Slow-Walking
The plea is not totally unexpected. FBI whistleblowers say the DOJ had enough to charge Biden a year ago. And last month, word broke that DOJ was reaching a final decision on whether to pursue charges. And with Joe Biden’s re-election underway, the White House had to get the Hunter matter off the table.
The investigation into Hunter began in 2018 in the wake of a flurry of “suspicious activity reports” regarding funds from “China and other nations.” The FBI got hold of Hunter’s laptop and hard drive in 2019, which contains volumes of information on Biden Inc. A few weeks back, we learned the FBI had a confidential source memo detailing an alleged $10 million bribery scheme involving Joe and Hunter Biden and the owner of the Ukraine energy company Burisma.
That indictment narrowly focuses on the 2017-18 tax returns. However, the House Oversight Committee investigation into the Biden family business practices continues, with Chairman James Comer now talking about a possible $20 to $30 million in illicit payments.
Just weeks ago, the IRS supervisor in charge of the investigation told Congress that DOJ had been interfering in the investigation.
Joe Biden himself has long insisted his son “did nothing wrong” and allegations against his family are “malarkey.”
No comment yet from the White House on the charges filed against Hunter Biden.
Meanwhile, in another bit of curious — some may say fortuitous timing — right after the Hunter Biden story broke, news broke that the Federal judge in the Donald Trump classified documents case has set a tentative trial date of August 14.
Al Perrotta is the Managing Editor of The Stream, chief barista for The Brew and co-author, with John Zmirak, of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Immigration. You can follow him at @StreamingAl at GETTR, Gab, Parler, and now at TRUTH Social.