Prosecutors close to making decision on whether to charge Hunter Biden criminally
After years of speculation and ongoing investigations, it now appears that federal prosecutors are close to making a determination as to whether Hunter Biden will face tax and/or gun-related charges, as the Washington Post reports.
Sources close to the situation indicate that lawyers for Biden met with officials from the Justice Department last week in what is generally viewed as a signal that the probe is headed toward a conclusion, one way or another.
Long Road to Decision
The federal investigation of Hunter Biden has, as the New York Post notes, lingered for over four years and spanned two presidential administrations, but it now appears that Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss, tapped to oversee the process, is approaching a final decision.
Potential charges against the first son are thought to include counts related to felony or misdemeanor tax offenses and also to lying on federal paperwork required for the purchase of a firearm.
Despite the suggestion that Weiss is nearing the end of his work, sources told the Washington Post that there remains a possibility that the pace of progress could slow again prior to the announcement of a final decision.
No specific timetable for a resolution has been declared, much to the irritation of some federal law enforcement officials, not to mention Republican lawmakers who have also been probing allegations of Biden family corruption.
Political Interference Alleged
Possibly complicating matters for Hunter Biden and his attorneys is the emergence last week of an IRS whistleblower who claims that federal prosecutors have permitted “preferential treatment and politics” to delay or prevent the issuance of criminal charges against the president's son, as Just the News reported.
The individual who came forward has been described as a supervisory special agent from the criminal division at the IRS who is seeking specific whistleblower protections from Congress that would enable him to provide additional details about his allegations concerning an investigation of a “high-profile, controversial subject” that has since been confirmed by sources to be Hunter Biden.
According to the agent's attorney, the disclosures he is prepared to make “(1) contradict sworn testimony to Congress by a senior political appointee, (2) involve failure to mitigate clear conflicts of interest in the ultimate disposition of the case, and (3) detail examples of preferential treatment and politics improperly infecting decisions and protocols that would normally be followed by career law enforcement professionals in similar circumstances if the subject were not politically connected.”
Sources have also confirmed that the “senior political appointee” referenced in the letter is Attorney General Merrick Garland, who told lawmakers earlier this year that Weiss had unfettered control over the Hunter Biden probe, free from interference from Washington, D.C.
Garland Doubles Down
As the New York Post reported separately, Garland on Tuesday reiterated his assertions to Congress about Weiss' independence with regard to the probe of Hunter Biden.
During a press conference on an unrelated matter, a reporter questioned Garland about the fact that he had “assured Congress some time ago that the Hunter Biden investigation would be conducted without any kind of political interference” and inquired whether he “would believe that is still the case,” given the whistleblower's contentions.
Garland replied, “Yes, it's still the case.”
“I stand by my testimony, and I refer you to the attorney for the District of Delaware, who is in charge of this case and capable of making any decisions that he feels are appropriate,” Garland added.
More Whistleblower Claims
Adding even more complexity to the controversies swirling around the president's family, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (KY-01) revealed on Wednesday that a “credible and unclassified whistleblower” has come forward with claims that the Justice Department and FBI are in possession of a file detailing a “criminal scheme” involving then-Vice President Joe Biden and a foreign national, as Fox News reports.
Comer subsequently issued a subpoena seeking production of the document at issue, which is said to describe “an alleged criminal scheme...relating to the exchange of money for policy decisions.”
Grassley, for his part, opined, “So, the Justice Department, the FBI needs to come clean to the American people, what they did with the document, because we know the document exists from very credible whistleblower information that we got. We really need to know what steps did the Justice Department and FBI take to investigate and to vet the document to determine if its accurate or not. And did the Justice Department and the FBI follow normal investigative procedures, or did they let political calculations interfere?”
With voluminous investigations picking up steam and whistleblower claims flying, it seems apparent that the next few weeks could prove pivotal not just for Hunter Biden, but potentially for the commander in chief as well, just as his reelection campaign gets underway in earnest.