Special prosecutor David Weiss convened a grand jury in Los Angeles and issued a subpoena to first brother James Biden as part of his investigation into first son Hunter Biden.
The U.S. attorney in Delaware will try to present documents and possibly witness testimony in an investigation now focused on alleged failure by Hunter, 53, to pay taxes on money he earned in overseas businesses, CNN reported Thursday.
It is unclear for what fiscal years Weiss’ team might consider bringing new charges against Hunter, or whether the special counsel is investigating other alleged crimes committed by President Biden’s surviving son.
In June, Hunter agreed to plead guilty to two misdemeanors for failing to pay at least $100,000 on more than $1.5 million in earned income in both 2017 and 2018.
The plea deal, which also required Hunter to enter a diversion program for a federal weapons possession offense, collapsed in a Delaware court on July 26 and he was subsequently charged with felonies for making false statements when purchasing a firearm, making false statements relating to information required to be maintained by a federally licensed firearms dealer, and unlawful possession of a firearm while addicted to a controlled substance.
Hunter pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Weiss may be trying to accuse Hunter Biden of tax crimes in California.AP
During the plea hearing, prosecutors told U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika that the agreement did not preclude charges against Hunter later for other alleged crimes, such as possible violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
The alleged FARA violations stem from Hunter’s failure to register as a foreign agent while conducting lucrative business deals in countries such as China and Ukraine that allegedly involved his father and uncle.
The FBI, charged with investigating aspects of the Weiss investigation related to money laundering and FARA violations, did not anticipate that charges would be filed against Hunter related to those matters, according to CNN.
Federal investigators also raised the possibility of charging Hunter with sex trafficking-related crimes for his communications with numerous alleged prostitutes in which he appeared to be coordinating their travel across state lines, a possible violation of the federal law’s prohibition. Mann on interstate prostitution, according to IRS Whistleblower Documents,
IRS whistleblowers claim Hunter Biden avoided paying taxes on $8.3 million in income he received between 2014 and 2019.REUTERS
Federal prosecutors teased in an August court filing that Hunter could face new tax charges, in other districts, in the wake of the torpedoed recall deal.
“The Government, in the exercise of its prosecutorial discretion, is considering which tax charges to file in another district and may choose to file the same charges set forth herein or different ones,” the filing says.
Prior to the June plea deal, Weiss declined to press charges against Hunter for alleged tax crimes committed in Southern California and Washington, D.C., after U.S. attorneys in both districts refused to cooperate in his investigation.
IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley claims Hunter avoided paying taxes on $8.3 million in income he received between 2014 and 2019, a period during which the first son served on the Ukrainian gas company’s board of directors. Burisma Holdings and the Chinese private equity fund BHR Partners.
Earlier this month, the Republican-controlled House Oversight Committee subpoenaed Hunter Biden, James Biden and Rob Walker, a family associate, for depositions. Republicans have claimed that James and Hunter Biden touted their access to the politically powerful Joe Biden to secure lucrative deals that the president could have benefited from.
Biden has repeatedly denied discussing foreign business with Hunter or any member of his family, despite ample evidence to the contrary.