A second indictment has been filed in California against Hunter Biden, son of US President Joe Biden, on tax charges. This development arises from a collapsed plea deal, setting the stage for two potential trials next year. The grand jury in California charged Hunter Biden with nine counts, including tax evasion and filing false tax returns, alleging he failed to pay at least $1.4 million in federal taxes from 2016 to 2019, according to a report by The Washington Post. The 56-page indictment details over $7 million in income from foreign business deals, implicating his involvement with Burisma and a Chinese energy conglomerate. Prosecutors claim $1.2 million, received from a friend, funded an extravagant lifestyle, including drugs and luxury items. Hunter Biden's lawyer contends full tax repayment two years ago and asserts that the charges wouldn't have been brought if his last name weren't Biden. The case adds complexity to the 2024 presidential race, with the Democratic incumbent's son facing potential trials on both coasts.
1. A second indictment has been filed against Hunter Biden by Special Counsel David Weiss, this time focusing on tax charges, leading to the possibility of two trials next year.
2. The grand jury in California has charged Hunter Biden with nine counts related to tax evasion, failing to file taxes, and filing false tax returns, including three felony charges and six misdemeanours.
3. Prosecutors allege that Hunter Biden failed to pay over $1.4 million in federal taxes from 2016 to 2019, with the indictment detailing his income sources, including foreign business deals and payments from a personal friend.
4. The indictment claims Hunter Biden spent $1.2 million in 2020 on an "extravagant lifestyle," involving drugs, escorts, luxury cars, and clothing, funded by payments routed through third parties.
5. Despite claims of struggling with depression and addiction, prosecutors argue that Hunter Biden continued to evade taxes even after stating he was sober and building a new life in Los Angeles.
6. Hunter Biden's lawyer, Abbe Lowell, asserts that his client fully repaid the taxes two years ago and challenges the charges, suggesting they may be politically motivated.
7. The tax charges were anticipated following the collapse of a plea deal, which would have allowed Hunter Biden to plead guilty to misdemeanour tax crimes and illegal gun possession without acknowledging a felony gun offense.
8. The dual indictments pose a complex scenario for the 2024 presidential race, with Hunter Biden potentially facing two criminal trials, while former President Donald Trump, a leading Republican contender, is scheduled for three trials in 2024.
9. Republicans have long focused on Hunter Biden's legal issues, alleging criminal corruption within the Biden family, but investigations have yet to link the sitting president to any criminal behaviour.
10. Tensions between Hunter Biden's legal team and House Republicans have escalated over his potential testimony before Congress, with disagreements on whether it should be private or open, prompting threats of contempt charges if he does not comply.