Hunter Biden has confirmed that he is under investigation, according to reporting by CNBC. “I learned yesterday for the first time that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware advised my legal counsel, also yesterday, that they are investigating my tax affairs,” Hunter said.
“I take this matter very seriously but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisors,” the younger Biden added.
Kim Reeves, a spokeswoman for the Department of Justice, has said that, “Per DOJ policy, we cannot comment on an ongoing investigation.”
According to reporting by CNN, the investigation is “examining multiple financial issues, including whether Hunter Biden and associates violated tax and money laundering laws in business dealings in foreign countries, principally China.”
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has claimed that he has no intention of trying to influence the Department of Justice if he becomes president, though many on the right believe that this new revelation could change his mind. After all, the elder Biden did interfere with an investigation by Ukrainian authorities into his son’s company while he was vice president.
According to available public records, Hunter Biden and his ex-wife Kathleen Buhle had a lien placed against them in November 2019 by the IRS for taxes not paid, which may include interest and penalties, for a total of $112,805.09. It is not clear if this lien is related to the investigation.
Hunter Biden also had separate tax liens placed against him on July 9 of approximately $453,890 in the District of Columbia. This is reportedly related to taxes owed from 2017 and 2018. Six days later, those liens were cancelled.
The younger Biden also faces some issues regarding child support payments. Earlier this year, he faced being held in contempt of court after failing to disclose financial information in a child support court battle. Hunter originally claimed that he had never had sex with Roberts, but a DNA test subsequently established, “with near scientific certainty,” that he was the child’s father.
Lawyers for Lunden Alexis Roberts, the woman who bore Hunter Biden’s child, said in January that the younger Biden failed to meet a deadline ordered by the court to turn over financial documents dating back five years as part of Roberts’ request for child-support payments for her then-16-month-old child.
Those documents requested by the court included “a list of all sources of income,” copies of tax returns, and a list of companies in which he has an ownership interest.
It is unclear if the child support payments or the documents produced during the court case are in any way related to the investigation.