These are the headlines US President Biden doesn’t really need in the middle of an election campaign: his son Hunter has been indicted for multiple tax crimes. Now he faces up to 17 years in prison.
In the United States, US President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, has been charged with tax evasion in federal court in Los Angeles.
According to the US Department of Justice, Biden allegedly evaded a total of $1.4 million in taxes over four years. He faces nine charges — three felonies and six tax offenses — and faces a maximum sentence of 17 years in prison if convicted, the ministry said.
The allegation highlights a lavish lifestyle
The indictment alleges that Biden spent millions of dollars on a lavish lifestyle instead of paying taxes. He earned well as a board member of Ukrainian Industrial Group and Chinese Private Equity Fund.
In 2018 alone, according to the document, she “spent more than $1.8 million, including approximately $772,000 on cash back, approximately $383,000 on women’s allowances, and approximately $151,000 on clothing and accessories.” The Department of Justice said the investigation is ongoing. Biden’s attorney did not respond to a request for comment.
Further arms procurement activities
This is the second case against Hunter Biden, who was charged with illegal weapons possession in September this year. David Weiss, a special counsel appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland, alleged in a Delaware court hearing that the president’s son hid the fact that he was a drug addict when he bought the gun, which is prohibited by law from owning a weapon. Biden pleaded “not guilty” at the trial.
This is the first time in US history that the son of a sitting president has been indicted. The 53-year-old, who now works as an artist, has lived in Los Angeles since 2018.
Hunter’s legal troubles are likely to join the election campaign
Hunter Biden is also in the sights of opposition Republicans. They allege that he has in the past taken advantage of his father’s important position as Barack Obama’s Vice President (2009 to 2017) for business in Ukraine and China.
The allegations form the basis of Republican efforts to begin impeachment proceedings against President Biden. They accuse him of engaging in his son’s foreign business and lying to the public. They have not yet been able to provide clear evidence for this; The President has vehemently denied the allegations.
The 81-year-old has repeatedly publicly supported her son, who has had serious drug problems in the past. The allegations against her son will overshadow the campaign of the US Democrat, who is seeking a second re-election in November next year.
Sebastian Hesse, ARD Washington, tagesschau, December 8, 2023 5:26 am
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