Lead Prosecutor: Hunter Biden Probe Not Complete
The lead prosecutor in the investigation into President Joe Biden’s son said that the probe has not yet concluded. According to U.S. Attorney David Weiss, the federal investigation into Hunter Biden is not settled by reports of a plea deal.
“The investigation is ongoing,” he said.
Weiss’ comments came as a plea deal between Hunter Biden and the federal government was announced. In the plea deal, the president’s son will likely avoid jail time. Hunter Biden had been under federal investigation since 2018.
According to the agreement, the younger Biden will plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of willful failure to pay income tax and will engage in a pretrial diversion agreement related to a charge of possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance.
Weiss accused Hunter Biden of receiving “taxable income in excess of $1,500,000 annually in calendar years 2017 and 2018.” Weiss said that the president’s son “did not pay the income tax due for either year.”
He also said that in October 2018 Hunter Biden “possessed a firearm despite knowing he was an unlawful user of and addicted to a controlled substance.”
Chris Clark, an attorney for the president’s son told MSNBC this week that the defendant was “happy to move on.”
that the defendant was “happy to move on,” saying that the “one thing nobody talks about is how long Hunter has been sober.”
He described the younger Biden as a “good person.”
In a recently released letter, Weiss wrote to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), stating that he had “ultimate authority over this matter, including responsibility for deciding where, when and whether to file charges and for making decisions necessary to preserve the integrity of the prosecution.”
The letter further said that during his tenure as U.S. Attorney, his “decisions have been made— and with respect to the matter must be made — without reference to political considerations.”
US Attorney David Weiss — appointed by Trump and retained by Merrick Garland to maintain the independence of the Hunter Biden probe — confirmed in a letter to Jim Jordan this month that he was “granted ultimate authority” on the Hunter Biden probe. (Via @ryanobles) pic.twitter.com/TsxXlQLHdG
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