Hunter walks behind his father, Joe Biden. He is the first child of a sitting president
against whom the Department of Justice has brought charges.
by Mary Foran
Hunter Biden, US President Joe Biden’s son, plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of failing to pay taxes. Hunter also faces a separate felony gun possession charge that is likely to be dismissed if he meets certain conditions, according to court documents.
The US Attorney, David Weiss, has agreed to recommend probation for Hunter for his tax violations. Legal experts say that the tax and gun charges will most likely not result in jail time for Hunter.
This is the first time the US Department of Justice has brought charges against a child of a sitting president.
This decision by US Attorney Weiss is the end of a sweeping five-year investigation by federal prosecutors, FBI agents, and tax officials into Hunter Biden’s conduct.
Weiss said, “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 for either year.”
As to the gun charge, the statement said that in October of 2018, Hunter Biden possessed a firearm despite knowing he was an unlawful user and addicted to a controlled substance.
Congressional Republicans are not through with their wide-ranging probe into every facet of Hunter Biden’s many business dealings with Ukraine and China, including examining foreign payments and other aspects of his finances.
Featured image (taken during the Barack Obama presidential parade on 20 January 2009)/acaben, CC BY-SA2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
David Weiss/United States Attorney Office, PD via Wikipedia
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