Hunter Biden Indicted on Tax Charges in California in New Criminal Case

Hunter Biden Indicted on Tax Charges in California in New Criminal Case – Hunter Biden faces nine tax charges in California, marking the second indictment against the president’s son. This development intensifies a scandal that Republicans are capitalizing on in the run-up to the 2024 election. The state charges come on the heels of federal firearms charges in Delaware, accusing Hunter Biden of unlawfully obtaining a revolver in October 2018 while falsely claiming he was not using narcotic drugs.

The latest allegations comprise three felonies and six misdemeanor offenses, with Biden potentially facing a 17-year sentence if found guilty. “The Defendant engaged in a four-year scheme to not pay at least $1.4 million in self-assessed federal taxes he owed for tax years 2016 through 2019,” the 56-page indictment said, adding that Biden “spent millions of dollars on an extravagant lifestyle rather than paying his tax bills”.

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In 2018 alone, the indictment read, Biden “spent more than $1.8 million, including approximately $772,000 in cash withdrawals, approximately $383,000 in payments to women, approximately $151,000 in clothing and accessories” among other expenditures. Biden’s legal team did not promptly address an inquiry, and the White House chose not to provide a comment. 

Previously, he had been set to plead guilty to misdemeanor tax charges under a plea deal with prosecutors, encompassing $4 million in personal income taxes he purportedly neglected to pay in 2017 and 2018. However, the arrangement fell apart in July when a judge raised concerns about it. Republicans, scrutinizing various facets of Biden’s business dealings and the Justice Department’s case management, criticized the deal as a “sweetheart deal.” 

Subsequently, Biden settled his taxes back by securing a loan from a friend. As state charges unfold, Congressional Republicans are advancing a potential impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden linked to his son’s controversies. The House is poised to vote next week on authorizing a formal inquiry, despite no evidence surfacing thus far to substantiate claims by some GOP representatives that the president accepted bribes or participated in an influence-peddling scheme.

Certain Republicans have raised skepticism regarding the feasibility of an impeachment, questioning the merit of a case. Witnesses brought in by Republicans on the House oversight committee in September stated that there was no evidence of crimes by Joe Biden but also advocated for additional investigation. In Delaware, Hunter Biden entered a plea of not guilty to the gun charges, marking the first instance of a sitting U.S. president’s child facing criminal prosecution. 

His lawyer asserted at the time that special counsel David Weiss was yielding to political pressure by filing the indictment. In the failed prior plea deal, Hunter Biden would have received a two-year probation sentence. The proposed agreement outlined by prosecutors acknowledged that his battle with addiction had escalated following the death of his brother Beau Biden in 2015.

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Appointed as special counsel by Attorney General Merrick Garland in August, Weiss is the attorney in Delaware. The upcoming case is poised to introduce further upheaval to an already exceptional election year. The sitting president will grapple with the repercussions of his son’s potential trials, while the anticipated opponent, Donald Trump, confronts four distinct criminal cases encompassing 91 charges.

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