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Hunter Biden: reports say FBI has enough evidence for prosecution
Lawyer accuses federal agents of pressuring prosecutors with illegal leak about investigation of president’s son for alleged tax and gun purchase offences
Lois Beckett @loisbeckett
Fri 7 Oct 2022 04.46 BST
Federal agents believe there is enough evidence to criminally charge Hunter Biden with tax crimes and with lying about his drug use when he bought a handgun in 2018, the Washington Post and CBS News have reported.
But the US attorney in Delaware, who is overseeing the investigation of the president’s son, has not yet decided whether to file criminal charges in the case, the Post reported.
That federal prosecutor, David C Weiss, was originally nominated and served in Donald Trump’s administration, and has continued serving in Biden’s administration in part because of the political backlash his removal would likely have caused, given his oversight of the Biden investigation, the Post reported.
A spokesperson for Weiss’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In September, more than 30 Senate Republicans asked Biden’s attorney general, Merrick Garland, to give Weiss “special counsel protections and authorities” to safeguard the independence of his investigation.
CBS News reported that Biden’s team believes the sources who spoke to the Washington Post were motivated by “frustration inside the FBI over the time it is taking prosecutors to deliberate over this case” and that the FBI “is trying to pressure prosecutors to act”.
Hunter Biden’s lawyer, Chris Clark, accused federal agents of illegally leaking information, and asked the Justice Department to investigate and prosecute the leak.
“It is a federal felony for a federal agent to leak information about a grand jury investigation such as this one,” Clark wrote to the Washington Post. “Any agent you cite as a source in your article apparently has committed such a felony.”www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/oct/...