Nine charges of tax fraud have been filed in California against President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, as a special prosecutor’s investigation into his business dealings intensifies against the backdrop of the 2024 election.
The new charges filed Thursday add to federal gun-carrying charges in Delaware, alleging Hunter Biden violated gun laws for drug users in 2018. The charges follow the failure of a plea deal this summer from his side with federal prosecutors on tax and gun charges that would have him avoid prison time. A trial date for those charges has yet to be set, but it could coincide with his father’s presidential campaign next year.
Hunter Biden “spent millions of dollars on an extravagant lifestyle instead of paying his tax bills,” special prosecutor David Weiss said in a statement. The allegations center on at least $1.4 million in taxes that Hunter Biden failed to pay between 2016 and 2019, a period when he has admitted to struggling with drug addiction. The back taxes have since been paid.
If convicted, Hunter Biden, 53, could face up to 17 years in prison. The special counsel’s investigation remains open, Mr. Weiss said.
In a strong response, defense attorney Abbe Lowell accused prosecutor Weiss of “caving in to Republican pressure” on the case.
“Based on the facts and the law, if Hunter had a last name other than Biden, the charges in Delaware and now in California would not have been brought against him,” Lowell’s attorney said in a statement.
The White House declined to comment on the charges filed Thursday in California, saying questions about the matter could be directed to the Justice Department or personal representatives of the President’s son, Hunter Biden.
Indictment documents filed in California, where he lives, detail spending on drugs, striptease, luxury hotels and exotic cars. “In short, everything but his taxes,” wrote prosecutor Leo Wise.
The indictment comes as Republicans in Congress are conducting an impeachment inquiry against President Biden, alleging that he was involved in an influence-peddling scheme in exchange for benefits in the US government with his son. The House of Representatives is expected to vote next week to formally authorize the investigation.
No evidence has yet emerged to prove that Joe Biden, in current or previous positions, abused his position or accepted bribes, although questions have been raised about the ethics of the Biden family’s overseas businesses. .