Hunter Biden has had a bad past few weeks, which is perhaps why he’s gone missing and isn’t hanging around painting pictures for people who definitely aren’t buying them because they’re interested in being friends with the president.
On one hand, he’s seeing all the nice Ukrainians that paid him quite a healthy salary for…consulting or something get hit by a slew of Russian bombs and missiles, not to mention get overrun with the armored fists of the Russian Federation, so that can’t be fun.
Then there’s the legal double whammy he just got walloped by. When it comes to that, one fist of the legal hit that just smacked him is that the Feds deciding whether or not to charge him, particularly now that the New York Times has verified the laptop story. The other fist is the story that an attorney involved with representing the mother of his three-year-old daughter thinks he’ll certainly be indicted over financial matters.
First there’s the whole laptop situation. As Just the News reported on it:
The New York Times reported Wednesday the federal investigation into Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings began in 2018 and is focused on issues like whether he legally was obligated to register under FARA, whether he violated tax laws or laundered any money.
Just the News also noted that the evidence the FBI is going off comes from that infamous laptop he left at a Delaware computer repair shop:
The memos from business associates, accountants and law partners were turned over in December 2019 to the FBI on a laptop that Hunter Biden had abandoned at a Delaware repair shop. They provide supporting evidence to suspicious financial transactions flagged to the Treasury Department between 2016 and 2019 by banks that were revealed by a 2020 Senate investigation.
Among those memos is information about his lobbying activities, activities a law partner of his seemingly wanted to hide by not registering as a lobbyist, something required under federal law. That partner is quoted in one of the emails found on the laptop as saying:
“We at BSF will lead all this work and can execute the political and legal work right up to the line where we would need to register as lobbyists, but I don’t want to register under the lobbying disclosure act or the foreign agents registration act.”
Hunter, for his part, did say in one email that everything had to be above board (though it apparently might not have been), saying:
“[Burisma execs] need to know in no uncertain terms that we will not and cannot intervene directly with domestic policymakers, and that we need to abide by FARA and any other U.S. laws in the strictest sense across the board.”
Still, the totality of the evidence is probably no good for Hunter, as lobbying without registering or reporting one’s activities is illegal, and rightly so: the government wants to prevent situations like this one.
But still, it gets worse for Hunter, as the emails also show that he was avoiding paying taxes, which the Feds are also not too happy about.
In fact, those that investigation is so bad for Hunter that an attorney who has seen the documents thinks Hunter, President Biden’s son, might even be indicted. As CNBC, which interviewed that attorney, reports:
The Arkansas woman who had a child by Hunter Biden out of wedlock recently testified to a federal grand jury in Delaware as part of a criminal tax probe of the son of President Joe Biden, her lawyer confirmed Thursday.
[…]Lancaster said he and Roberts were interviewed by an assistant U.S. attorney, an FBI agent and an IRS agent — “one that carries a badge and gun” — more than a year ago about Biden in Little Rock, Ark., where Lancaster practices law.
“I expect him to be indicted,” the lawyer said about Biden. “Just based on what I saw in his financial records, I would be surprised if he’s not indicted.”
So that’s the other fist of the legal double-whammy slamming into Hunter’s head, with both hits being significant.
Still, however, Hunter is the president’s son, so perhaps he’ll wiggle off the FBI’s hook.
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