Hunter Biden, the son of U.S. President Joe Biden, is set to make his initial appearance in a California federal court next month.
This announcement, confirmed by the national court calendar, sets the stage for a significant legal proceeding involving the President’s son.
Hunter Biden faces multiple tax charges from grand jury indictment
Scheduled for January 11, 2024, at the U.S. District Court in the Central District of California, Hunter Biden, aged 53, will face severe felony and misdemeanor tax charges.
These charges arise from a nine-count indictment by a grand jury linked to an in-depth criminal investigation into his financial activities from 2016 to 2019.
The indictment accuses him of three felony tax offenses and six misdemeanor tax offenses. Mr. Biden’s lawyer was contacted by The Epoch Times for a comment regarding these allegations.
Allegations of extravagant spending and tax evasion
The indictment paints a picture of lavish spending by Mr. Biden, alleging that he financed a luxurious lifestyle while neglecting his tax obligations.
It claims that Mr. Biden’s expenditures, amounting to at least $1.4 million, included drugs, escorts, luxury hotels, rental properties, exotic cars, clothing, and other personal items.
“The Defendant spent millions of dollars on an extravagant lifestyle at the same time he chose not to pay his taxes,” the indictment states.
David Weiss, a special counsel, specified the charges, including failure to pay taxes for certain years and to file tax returns for others.
Mr. Biden faces charges for alleged tax evasion, false tax claims
In addition to the tax-related charges, the prosecution alleges that Mr. Biden intentionally sought to evade tax payments.
This included manipulating payroll and tax withholding processes and falsely claiming deductions to reduce tax liabilities.
The indictment also contends his failure to file timely tax returns for 2017 and 2018.
Republicans escalate inquiry into Hunter Biden and Biden family dealings
The case against Hunter Biden has broader political implications as Republicans investigate possible influence-peddling involving President Biden and his son, particularly about foreign business dealings.
A 14-page impeachment inquiry measure has been issued, directing House committees to intensify their investigation.
This development grants more authority to Republicans in obtaining documents and testimonies from the White House and the Biden family.
President Biden’s impeachment inquiry, Hunter Biden’s response
Amid these developments, President Biden has faced an impeachment inquiry formalized by the House following Hunter Biden’s decision to defy a subpoena.
Instead, he opted for a public press conference. “I’m here today to answer at a public hearing any legitimate questions Chairman Comer and the House Oversight Committee may have for me,” Mr. Biden declared.
In response, Representatives James Comer and Jim Jordan have announced plans to initiate contempt of Congress proceedings, emphasizing equal treatment regardless of familial connections.
Potential consequences for Hunter Biden
Hunter Biden could face contempt of Congress charges, which could result in jail time, a situation several officials from the Trump administration have previously encountered.
Mr. Jordan hinted at a possible opportunity for Mr. Biden to appear after the House votes on an impeachment inquiry resolution.