Hunter Biden better gets painting again so that he can sell his “art” to pay for his mounting legal fees. A Justice Department investigation into Hunter’s business activities has been gaining momentum in the last few weeks. There is a growing witness list to give testimony to federal investigators and more are planning to give interviews in the weeks ahead.
The building investigation is being led by the United States Attorney in Wilmington Delaware. It began in 2018, and it is focused on both financial and business dealings in foreign countries with international leaders and the Biden family. The probe goes back to when Joe Biden was the vice president in the Obama administration. Investigators are looking at whether Hunter Biden, along with his associates, was violating money laundering and tax and foreign lobbying laws. Some other allegations deal with firearms.
The attorney in Delaware is getting information from business partners of Hunter Biden and even women with whom he had a child. So far, the younger Biden has not been charged with any crimes and he has denied any wrongdoing. And there have not been any allegations that Joe Biden was a part of the business activities of his son.
But that has not stopped questions from being raised about the ethics displayed by the president’s son.
Back in 2019, then-President Trump put pressure on Ukraine to investigate the Bidens over Hunter’s work for Ukrainian energy company Burisma. And in 2020, Rudy Giuliani took the lead in getting people focused on a laptop that belonged to Hunter Biden. It included business documents and some other embarrassing information.
According to CNN, the FBI has taken possession of the laptop and is using it in the investigation.
The pandemic slowed the process of investigating these issues down considerably, but in recent months the pace has once again been picked up. Discussions are happening now to decide if more work needs to be done and if there are changes that need to be made.
There is some concern that Hunter Biden’s open discussion of his drug use could weaken the case against him. They think he could argue that he was unaware of what took place in his business dealings with associates because of the drugs.
Most of the probe centers on tax issues and money transfers related to business dealings. But prosecutors have also looked into a 2018 incident in which a firearm owned by Hunter Biden ended up being put in a dumpster in Washington D.C. by his then-girlfriend. There is a question of whether or not he broke federal law when he bought the gun.
Hunter Biden issued a statement back in 2020 that came through his father’s presidential transition office. It said, “I take this matter very seriously but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisors.”
But Hunter’s attorney has not responded to requests for a statement recently.
Hunter has tried to portray that he has turned the corner on his past mistakes. He published a memoir and debuted his work as an artist with shows in Los Angeles and New York. But the White House had to admit that they played a role in the sale of his art and set up a shield so that those who bought items would not have their identity known. This raised even more concerns about money laundering.
There continues to be a whole lot of smoke around Hunter Biden. And with things heating up again in this investigation, we may just find out where the fire really is.