Throughout the 2020 election cycle, there were prevalent and serious concerns about Hunter Biden, son of eventual President Joe Biden.
Hunter had long been known in political circles as a bit of a liability, having spent a considerable amount of time catching fiscal windfalls from his family name while also cultivating a fairly serious drug habit. His international dealings were of particular concern due to the impression made by his lucrative appointment to the board of directors of a Ukrainian natural gas company, despite his having no specific qualifications for that position.
Now, well over a year into Joe Biden’s presidency, Hunter is under serious investigation by the federal government.
A Justice Department investigation into Hunter Biden’s business activities has gained steam in recent months, with a flurry of witnesses providing testimony to federal investigators and more expected to provide interviews in the coming weeks, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.
The probe, led by the US Attorney in Wilmington, Delaware, began as early as 2018 and concerns multiple financial and business activities in foreign countries dating to when Biden’s father was vice president. Investigators have examined whether Hunter Biden and some of his associates violated money laundering, tax and foreign lobbying laws, as well as firearm and other regulations, multiple sources said.
The investigators are turning over quite a few stones as well.
To do so, law enforcement has gathered information from lobbyists connected to Hunter Biden, from his business partners, and from others who’ve observed his financial engagements, including a woman with whom he had a child.
The investigation is certainly unpopular with the White House, but the Executive Branch is likely handcuffed by the optics of potentially interfering with the probe.