The FBI months ago gathered what agents believed was sufficient evidence to chargethe president’s son, with crimes related to taxes and making a false statement when he bought a gun, according to sources familiar with the investigation.
Evidence collected by FBI and IRS investigators was sent to the US attorney’s office in Delaware, according to the sources.
A spokesman for the Trump-appointed U.S. attorney general in Delaware declined to comment. The Washington Post was the first to report that the agency had provided evidence of alleged crimes to federal prosecutors.
Chris Clark, a lawyer for Biden, criticized the FBI in a statement to CBS News, accusing someone inside the agency of leaking information from grand jury cases, which would be a crime he expects “the Department of Justice will carefully investigate and prosecution.”
“As is proper and legally required, we believe that the prosecutors in this case carefully and thoroughly weigh not only the evidence provided by agents, but also all the other witnesses in this case, including witnesses for the defense. That is the job of the prosecutors. ” said. Clark.
A source close to Hunter Biden told CBS News that Biden’s team believes this leak was driven by frustration within the FBI over the time it is taking prosecutors to consider this case. Biden’s team believes the agency is trying to pressure prosecutors to act.
The FBI has come under increasing pressure from Republicans in Congress over allegations that it makes decisions based on political considerations.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Delaware has been investigating Hunter Biden since at least 2019. A federal subpoena from that year, obtained by CBS News, sought Hunter Biden’s bank records going back to 2014, when Joe Biden was vice president. Investigators are looking into whether Biden owes taxes on income from a controversial stint, during his father’s vice-presidential tenure, as a board member of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company, according to sources familiar with the matter.
CBS News reported in May that Biden hadfrom high-profile Hollywood attorney Kevin Morris, who, according to sources, has paid off Biden’s delinquent tax debt.
A December 2020 subpoena requested documents as far back as January 2017, “relating to (Hunter) Biden’s income, assets, debts, liabilities and financial transactions … and all personal and business expenses.”
The subpoena also requested “all federal, state, local and foreign tax documentation related to (Hunter) Biden.”
Prosecuting investigatoralso subpoenaed documents from a paternity case that included his tax records, according to documents and an attorney involved in the case.
The investigation into Hunter Biden’s finances has been led by U.S. Attorney David Weiss, who was appointed by then-President Donald Trump in 2018. He had been acting head of the Delaware office at the time and received endorsements from the state’s U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons, both Democrats.
In February 2021, shortly after Biden took office, dozens of federal prosecutors appointed by Trump were asked to resign, but then-acting Attorney Generala Justice Department official told CBS News.
Sir. Biden has said he was not involved in his son’s business dealings, and no evidence has been shown to disprove this.
“I never took a penny from any foreign source in my life,” said Mr. Biden in October 2020 at a presidential debate.