The federal probe into Hunter Biden’s tax evasion is moving ahead and reportedly without any interference from President Joe Biden. or the White House.
Prosecutors in the US attorney’s office in Delaware are “treating it seriously” and they have “not heard from the White House” or Judge Merrick Garland, the president’s nominee to run the Justice Department, Fox News reported.
Garland told the Senate Judiciary Committee during a confirmation hearing last week that he hadn’t discussed the Hunter Biden investigation with the president.
“I have not,” Garland told senators.
“The president made abundantly clear in every public statement before and after my nomination that decisions about investigations and prosecutions will be left to the Justice Department.”
The Attorney General nominee told the panel that he understood the Hunter Biden tax evasion probe was “proceeding discreetly.”
David Weiss, the US attorney for Delaware who is overseeing the tax evasion investigation, was asked to remain on the job last month even as the Biden administration requested the resignations of other US attorneys appointed by former President Donald Trump.
Hunter Biden confirmed in December that his “tax affairs” stemming from his overseas business dealings were under investigation by the feds.
“I learned yesterday for the first time that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware advised my legal counsel, also yesterday, that they are investigating my tax affairs,” he said in a statement.
Hunter Biden’s Laptop Leads To Tax Evasion Investigation
The investigation also involves a laptop belonging to the president’s son, which was first reported by The Post in a series of exposés, that contains communications and documents surrounding his business dealings in China and Ukraine.
Documents retrieved from the laptop also linked President Biden to those deals.
The investigation, which began in 2018, is seeking to determine if Hunter Biden and his business associates violated tax and money laundering laws.
The son said he was taking the “matter very seriously.”
A grand jury is part of the probe, which involves so-called “Suspicious Activity Reports” from banks flagging transfers of funds from China and other nations, Fox News reported at the time the news broke.
Republican senators in September released a report on the younger Biden’s business affairs concluding that he “and his family was involved in a vast financial network that connected them to foreign nationals and foreign governments across the globe.”
The report also said the administration of former President Barack Obama ignored “warning signs” when then-Vice President Joe Biden’s son joined the board of Burisma, a natural gas firm in Ukraine that had been under investigation and notorious for corruption.
The company paid Hunter Biden as much as $50,000 per month, as his dad was involved in US policy overseeing Ukraine, the report said.
The Post last October revealed the existence of emails found on Hunter Biden’s laptop’s hard drive detailing his business interests in China and Ukraine.
One of the emails from 2015 showed that he iintroduced his father, then-Vice President, to a top executive at Burisma while he was on the board.
Less than a year later, the elder Biden pressured officials in Ukraine into firing a top prosecutor who had been investigating Burisma.
Other emails showed Hunter pursued lucrative business deals involving China’s largest private energy company, including one that he described as “interesting for me and my family.”
Hunter Biden’s partner in one of the China deals, Tony Bobulinski, later came forward to confirm that the elder Biden was personally profiting from the arrangement.