Hunter Biden could face criminal charges over gun purchase, US reports say

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US President Joe Biden’s son Hunter could be charged with tax crimes and making a false statement related to a gun purchase, according to reports.

The Washington Post claims that people familiar with the case believe they have gathered enough evidence against the 52-year-old businessman.

David C. Weiss, the U.S. attorney in Delaware, will have to decide whether to bring such charges, the sources said.

An investigation began four years ago and was used by then-President Donald Trump during his failed 2020 re-election bid.

The investigation initially centered around Hunter’s finances related to overseas business ties and consulting work – particularly in China and Ukraine.

Multi-agency investigators focused closely on whether he underreported all of his income and whether he lied on documents when a gun was purchased in 2018, the newspaper reported.

Trump nominated Weiss to be Delaware’s top federal prosecutor in late 2017.

A spokeswoman for Weiss declined to comment, as did spokespeople for the Justice Department and the FBI and IRS, the two main investigating agencies.

An attorney for Hunter said federal agents have not contacted him. He has repeatedly denied breaking the law.

US Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden

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Chris Clark, Hunter’s attorney, accused investigators of leaking information.

“It is a federal crime for a federal agent to leak information about a Grand Jury investigation like this,” Clark said in a written statement.

“Every agent you cite as a source in your article has clearly committed such a crime.

“We expect the Department of Justice to thoroughly investigate and prosecute such bad actors.

“As is proper and required by law, we believe that prosecutors in this case carefully and thoroughly weighed not only the evidence provided by agents, but also all other witnesses in this case, including defense witnesses.”

“That’s the job of the prosecutors. They should not be pressured, prodded or criticized for doing their job.”

President Biden has supported his second and only living son through his public and personal struggles, including drug addiction.

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