Hunter Biden vulnerable to federal charges for unpaid taxes from his $1M-a-year job in Ukraine
Hunter Biden, son of President Biden, is not avoiding criminal charges over the taxes he did not pay when he served on the board at Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings more than a decade earlier.
David Weiss is the special counsel in Hunter Biden’s ongoing tax fraud investigation. He let the statute expire because he did not pay $124,000 in taxes in 2014 on his Burisma salary of $1 million. Critics claim the move was made to shield the Bidens and their family from a possible case that could have revealed evidence of influence-peddling by then Vice President Biden.
Legal experts, however, say that Mr. Weiss could revive the case since Hunter Biden still hasn’t paid his taxes. He could be accused of conspiracy to commit fraud. This could lead to investigators finding evidence that Mr. Biden was involved in helping Burisma to thwart an investigation into state corruption on behalf of his own son.
Mike Davis, former counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee, and President of the Article III Project (which advocates for constitutionalists judges and the rule-of-law) said that this was a “crucial test” for Weiss.
House and Senate legislators are scrutinizing Mr. Weiss’ handling of the probe into the gun and tax violations of President’s son.
After a plea agreement with Hunter Biden in July fell through in court, Mr. Weiss charged him with three felonies gun charges relating to his possession of an Colt Cobra revolver when he was addicted to drugs.
Weiss is yet to say how or if he intends to charge Hunter Biden with unpaid taxes of hundreds of thousands of dollar and other crimes that may be committed, such as violations of the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA).
House Republicans focused on unpaid Burisma tax when they questioned Merrick Garland, Attorney General at the Judiciary Committee on September 20 regarding IRS whistleblower claims of political interference in Hunter Biden’s tax fraud investigation.
“You allowed the statute of limitations to expire for 2014 and 2015. “Those were the years where Hunter Biden received income from Burisma, and there was a felony tax charge,” Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee, told Mr. Garland during the hearing.
Devon Archer, Hunter Biden’s former business partner, testified to House legislators that Burisma executives pressed Hunter Biden to ask his father for help in thwarting a corruption investigation. Archer claims that Hunter Biden, Burisma executives, and Mr. Biden called each other from Dubai to ask for his assistance in stopping the investigation. Three days later Vice President Biden informed Ukrainian President Petro Petroshenko that he had to fire the Prosecutor-General Viktor Shokin who was investigating Burisma or else risk losing $1 billion of loans.
Republicans accuse Justice Department of blocking 2014 tax charges against Hunter Biden in order to prevent further investigations that could implicate President Biden.
Mr. Garland, Mr. Weiss and Mr. Biden deny that politics played a part in the investigation. Mr. Biden also denied any involvement with his son’s deals.
Hunter Biden, as part of a plea agreement that was later discarded, agreed to plead to two misdemeanors charges for failing to pay over $100,000 in taxes between 2017 and 2018. The agreement didn’t carry a prison sentence. In a court hearing in July, the agreement was annulled. This prompted Mr. Weiss’s request for special counsel status. This allows him to charge President Trump’s son with other crimes, such as FARA violations. The Justice Department has used this act in recent years for the prosecution of several associates.
Davis stated that if Weiss wants to restore integrity to his investigation he should immediately and aggressively bring all charges against Hunter. These include foreign bribery, corruption, being a non-registered agent, wire fraud and tax evasion.
As Delaware’s U.S. Attorney, Mr. Weiss started his investigation into Hunter Biden in 2018 According to testimony given to congressional investigators by Mr. Weiss, two Biden-appointed U.S. Attorneys blocked him from charging Hunter Biden with felony and misdemeanor taxes offenses in California, the nation’s capitol, and for unpaid tax on his Burisma Salary.
Mr. Weiss let the statute of limitation expire before bringing charges against Hunter Biden for his failure to pay Burisma taxes despite having reached an agreement with Hunter Biden’s attorneys to extend the window.
Hunter Biden lied about his income to avoid paying 124,000 dollars in taxes, according to Tristan Leavitt. He is a lawyer representing one of the two IRS whistleblowers that have accused Mr. Weiss of mishandling Hunter Biden’s tax investigation. He hasn’t paid the tax to this day. “The government lets him get away with it.”
In the transcript of an interview conducted in a closed door with House members earlier this month IRS Criminal Investigations director Michael Batdorf described a call that took place between Mr. Weiss, himself and IRS agent Darrell Waldon on December 20, 2022.
The Washington Times has obtained a transcript.
Mr. Weiss informed them that Martin Astrada (a Biden appointee) the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California “refused” to work with him to prosecute Hunter Biden over unpaid taxes for 2017, 2018, and 2019.
“He said they declined and that he needed to decide where he would go,” Mr. Batdorf remembered. “I don’t know if it was frustration. I was frustrated. Is it just me feeling that he might be a bit frustrated? “I would assume that he was frustrated because he now had to decide what to do.”
Matthew Graves had refused Mr. Weiss’s request six months prior to bring charges against Hunter Biden for unpaid Burisma tax. IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley stated that Mr. Weiss allowed the statute of limitation to pass because he “had no way to bring charges” despite assurances by Mr. Garland.
Mr. Weiss will not charge Hunter Biden for felonies relating to unpaid taxes even if it is allowed by law. Instead, he will let the gun charges be the most severe punishment for the son of the president.
Neama Rahmani, a former federal prosecutor, said that under federal sentencing guidelines Hunter Biden could face up to 14-months in prison for gun crimes if he were convicted.
Rahmani stated that “they had this deal” on the tax misdemeanor accusations. If it was going happen, then it would have already happened.