Has time free from law enforcement oversight finally run out for Hunter Biden, the son of the current president that many on the right allege was his “bagman,” collecting checks and gifts from the Red Chinese and Ukrainians in the runup to Biden’s presidency, cashing in off his father’s name for the family’s financial benefit?
Perhaps. We’ll see what the FBI and the federal prosecutors working for the DOJ do with the information at their disposal, but according to a recent report, the federal prosecutors have enough evidence with which they could charge Hunter with multiple crimes if they chose to.
Surprisingly, news on that comes from The Washington Post. It reported that federal agents have determined that there is a viable criminal case against the president’s son. In fact, they did so months ago. However, as agents, they don’t have the ability to file charges.
Instead, they have to rely on the US Attorney to do that. In this case, that would be the U.S. Attorney in Delaware, David C. Weiss. Weiss is a holdover in the DoJ from the Trump White House.
And now he’s the one tasked with deciding whether to let it all go or go on the attack, pressing Hunter Biden with any or all of the multiple federal charges that could be brought against him.
The Daily Wire quotes Joseph G. Green, a retired ATF agent, to provide some color to that calculus of what charges should be brought. In Green’s words:
“A prosecutor can say they have bigger fish to catch, or they can decide to seek a deal. As agents, we would always include as many charges as we could, but it’s ultimately up to the prosecutor to decide which ones they will bring.”
“It is a federal felony for a federal agent to leak information about a Grand Jury investigation such as this one. Any agent you cite as a source in your article apparently has committed such a felony. We expect the Department of Justice will diligently investigate and prosecute such bad actors. As is proper and legally required, we believe the prosecutors in this case are diligently and thoroughly weighing not just 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. They should not be pressured, rushed, or criticized for doing their job.”
But it’s been a long, long time since the Hunter Biden laptop and all the damning information on it dropped. So the prosecutors and DoJ personnel who haven’t yet done anything about it are being criticized for their apparent cowardice and/or insouciance.
A group of 30 US Senators recently pressed the DoJ to start dealing with the situation and appoint a special counsel to handle Hunter, saying, as the Daily Wire reported:
“[E]vidence seems to be mounting that Hunter Biden committed numerous federal crimes, including, but not limited to, tax fraud, money laundering, and foreign-lobbying violations. Given that the investigation involves the President’s son, we believe it is important to provide U.S. Attorney [David] Weiss with special counsel authorities and protections to allow him to investigate an appropriate scope of potential criminal conduct, avoid the appearance of impropriety, and provide additional assurances to the American people that the Hunter Biden investigation is free from political influence.”
“Given the politicization of the DOJ under your watch and the importance of avoiding any appearance of impropriety, the undersigned request that you provide U.S. Attorney Weiss the full protections and authorities of a special counsel. This is one important action you can take that will go a long way in restoring faith in our governmental institutions.”
So we’ll see what happens. But it appears that the DoJ could be handling Hunter if it summoned up the will to do so.