by Margot Cleveland at the Federalist
Afederal grand jury in California returned a multi-count indictment against Hunter Biden late Thursday, charging the president’s son with multiple tax offenses. While the indictment detailed some sordid spending sprees by Hunter Biden, the crimes charged were so basic that to say Special Counsel David Weiss opted for the low-hanging fruit would be an understatement. Weiss instead limited the charges to the crimes that fell into his lap. The simplicity of the charges underscores the protect-Biden racket that operated out of the Delaware U.S. attorney’s office for the last several years.
Late Thursday, news broke that Hunter Biden had been charged in a nine-count indictment on multiple tax offenses, including three felonies. Specifically, Weiss charged the president’s son with willfully failing to pay his federal income taxes in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019; willfully failing to file income tax returns in 2017 and 2018; and willfully filing in 2018 a false 1040 personal tax return and a false corporate tax return for Owasco PC, while declaring “under the penalties of perjury,” that both tax returns were true and correct. The indictment further charged Hunter Biden with willfully attempting to evade paying income tax in 2018 by, among other things, signing a false income tax return, underreporting income, and reporting false business expenses on his Owasco PC tax return.
In total, the indictment charged Hunter Biden with failing to pay well over $1 million of taxes owed to the federal government. The indictment further alleged that rather than cover his tax bill — or “pay his fair share,” as his father is wont to say — Hunter Biden, over the same time period, blew nearly $5 million on an “extravagant lifestyle.”
To stress the point, the indictment included a table summarizing Hunter Biden’s expenditures from 2016-2019 in various categories, including ATM/cash withdrawals of over $1.6 million, payments to various women of $683,212, clothing of nearly $400,000, and another $300,000-plus going to tuition for his adult daughter. Then there was the nearly $200,000 spent on “adult” entertainment, with about $50,000 more used for other entertainment and sports.
But for all his frivolous spending,…Continue Reading