By Eric Mack | Wednesday, 03 May 2023
A charging decision is near in the Hunter Biden investigation led by U.S. Attorney David Weiss of Delaware, sources told The Washington Post.
They are near final decisions on gun and tax crimes, according to the New York Post.
The news comes one week after Biden’s lawyers reportedly met with prosecutors to get an update on the case, although Newsmax legal analyst Alan Dershowitz said that meeting "probably" was for negotiations between Biden lawyers and prosecutors before a charging decision is made.
Biden has been investigated for four years on potential tax crimes and gun-related charges, sources told the Washington Post.
The meeting in Washington, D.C., last week is one typical near the end of a case, and Weiss is near his conclusion on whether to bring charges, sources said.
The New York Post said he is poised to announce whether he’ll seek an indictment on felony and misdemeanor tax charges and lying on a federal gun purchase form, or let the entire thing slide.
Weiss was appointed in 2018 by then-President Donald Trump.
The long-running investigation reportedly has frustrated law enforcement officials, and President Joe Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland has come under scrutiny for having allegedly lied to Congress.
"I stand by my testimony, and I refer you to the U.S. attorney for the district of Delaware, who is in charge of this case and capable of making any decisions that he feels are appropriate," Garland said at a news conference on unrelated issues this week, the Post reported.
Federal agents reportedly had told the Post last year there was enough evidence to charge Hunter Biden with tax crimes and making a false statement on a gun purchase application, noting the decision to bring charges was up to DOJ prosecutors, not investigators.
Prosecutors are supposed to weigh the evidence delivered by the investigation and consider whether it will hold up in court, but prosecutorial discretion has been increasingly under scrutiny amid charges, a civil lawsuit by New York State Attorney General Letitia James, and myriad investigations into Biden’s chief political opposition, Trump.
The Hunter Biden probe reportedly began in 2018, the same year Trump appointed Weiss.
The purported "lying and buying" charge Hunter Biden might be on the hook for was all but admitted in his book "Beautiful Things: A Memoir," released last May. Biden reportedly answered "no" on a federal gun application when asked the question "an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?"
But his own book potentially exposes that as a lie on a federal form under "lying and buying" law.
The House Oversight Committee has also been looking at the Bidens and Hunter’s foreign business dealings, alleging Hunter peddled access to his famous father to secure prominent positions and enrich himself and relatives.
These do not seem to be the focus on the potential charges from Weiss.
But the oversight probe has been building momentum. Last month, for instance, Comer reported that his committee’s probe has tied as many as nine members of the Biden family to influence peddling, while the family has evaded accountability to the IRS.