Hunter Biden is being investigated by the Justice Department for foreign lobbying violations related to his overseas business dealings.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss is known to be leading a federal investigation into President Joe Biden’s adult son, who denies any wrongdoing, and the New York Times reported Wednesday that the investigation, which began as “a tax inquiry” during the Obama administration, then “widened” in 2018 to encompass “possible criminal violations of tax laws, as well as foreign lobbying and money laundering rules, according to the people familiar with the inquiry.”
The report said Hunter Biden’s “extensive work with foreign businesses came under scrutiny from prosecutors looking into whether he should have registered with the Justice Department” under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Hunter Biden held a lucrative position on the board of Ukrainian energy giant Burisma when his father was vice president. He also pursued business deals in China, Kazakhstan, and elsewhere during and after his father’s tenure.
In early February 2021, President Biden asked all Senate-confirmed U.S. attorneys appointed by former President Donald Trump for their resignations, with Weiss as an exception. John Durham was asked to step down as the U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut but was kept on as special counsel for his review of the Russia investigation.
The New York Times report, while citing its unnamed sources, said prosecutors face “hurdles” in demonstrating that the president’s son “intentionally violated” FARA. The outlet reported that prosecutors “have discussed approaching potential FARA violations as a civil matter, which would require Mr. Biden to register retroactively as a foreign agent, but would avoid criminal charges.”
Biden has conducted business dealings in China, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan. Recently, a business associate of Hunter’s was arrested is Kazakhstan.