Less than 5 months after Hunter Biden's plea deal fell apart, news broke that the “first son” is to be indicted on 9 tax charges, of which 3 are felonies for failing to pay $1.4 million in taxes. The indictment spans 4 years from 2016 to 2019 in which Hunter Biden made $7 million in gross income which was reportedly spent on maintaining his opulent lifestyle. To quote the indictment money was spent 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”.
These charges prohibit the years 2014 and 2015, where Hunter Biden avoided paying a further $1 million in tax at which time he was being paid millions of dollars from the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, even so, due to the statute of limitations having lapsed these additional charges were not brought forward.
Former lawyer, and podcast host Megyn Kelly expressed criticism of prosecutor David Weiss on her podcast last Friday as he failed to bring these charges the first time around in a “botched plea deal” that would allow Hunter Biden to escape any jail time by pleading guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges. This time round Republicans believe that Joe Biden is trying to hinder any investigation into Hunter's financial relationships through the DOJ.
U.S. District Court Judge Maryellen Noreika also questioned the deal on this matter and wanted to ensure that the deal does not convey “broad immunity” to Hunter Biden from prosecution on his business dealings.
As reported by the Hill, Republicans now believe that about this current investigation, Biden is trying to impede any investigation into Hunter's financial relationships through the DOJ. The president's son now faces a maximum sentence of 17 years in prison.
These accusations that the DOJ and David Weiss coordinated to give Biden a “sweetheart deal” appear to vindicate the 2 IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler, who alleged the DOJ had intervened to stop David Weiss from using the power necessary to prosecute Hunter Biden Shapley was quoted under oath at the House oversight committee saying 'I watched U.S. Attorney Weiss tell a room full of senior FBI and IRS senior leaders on October 7, 2022, that he was not the deciding person on whether charges were filed”.
This contradicted David Weiss's previous proclamations that he was “never blocked from bringing charges at any point in the investigation”. However, he did acknowledge the $1 million in taxes from the 2014-2015 period saying “Even though the statute of limitations has lapsed and even though charges won’t be filed, if there were to be an outstanding tax prosecution, there is no reason to believe that evidence about prior years, or witnesses involved in prior years, wouldn’t be part of that litigation” and so could still be used as evidence in future litigations against Hunter.
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