Washington – Hunter Biden He was charged with nine tax charges in California Thursday, as a special counsel’s investigation into the president’s son’s business dealings intensifies against the backdrop of the impending 2024 election.
The new charges — three felonies and six misdemeanors — are in addition to federal firearms charges in Delaware that allege Hunter Biden violated a law against drug users owning guns in 2018.
He was previously expected to plead guilty to misdemeanor tax charges as part of a deal with prosecutors who said he failed to pay taxes on $4 million in personal income in 2017 and 2018. Defense attorneys have signaled they plan to fight any new post.
The deal imploded in July after a judge raised questions about it. It had also been seen as a “favorite deal” by Republicans investigating almost every aspect of Hunter Biden’s business dealings, as well as the administration’s handling of the case. Justice Department.
Congressional Republicans have also launched an investigation to impeach the president Joe Bidenalleging that he was involved in an influence peddling plot with his son. The House is expected to vote next week on formally authorizing the investigation.
Although questions have been raised about the ethics surrounding the Biden family’s international business dealings, no evidence has so far emerged to show that Joe Biden, in his current or previous position, abused his role or accepted bribes.
The criminal investigation led by Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss has been open since 2018, and was expected to end the plea deal Hunter Biden had planned to reach with prosecutors over the summer.. He reportedly pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor tax evasion charges and took a separate plea deal to the weapons charge. He would have served two years of probation instead of going to jail.
The agreement also contained immunity clauses, and defense attorneys have argued that they remain in effect since that part of the agreement was signed by a prosecutor before the agreement was thrown out.
Prosecutors disagree, pointing out that the documents were not signed by a judge and are invalid.
After the deal collapsed, prosecutors filed three federal weapons charges alleging that Hunter Biden had lied about his drug use to buy a gun that he kept for 11 days in 2018. Federal law prohibits “habitual drug users” from owning guns, although the measure is rarely seen as a stand-alone charge and has been challenged by a federal appeals court.
Hunter Biden’s long struggle with substance abuse had worsened during that period after the death of his brother Beau Biden in 2015, prosecutors wrote in a draft plea agreement filed with the court in Delaware.
He still made “substantial income” in 2017 and 2018, including $2.6 million in trading and consulting fees from a company he formed with the CEOs of a Chinese business conglomerate and the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, but he did not pay his taxes. , prosecutors said in that presentation.
He finally filed his taxes in 2020 and the back taxes were paid by a “third party” the following yearprosecutors said.