Officials weigh possible Hunter Biden charges as probe reaches ‘critical stage’

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Federal Officials are reportedly ‘weighing possible charges against Hunter Biden” as the federal investigation into the president’s son has reached a “critical stage,” sources reported Wednesday evening. However, an ‘unwritten’ rule about prosecuting significant criminal cases near election dates seems to be holding the decision back.

One of the areas of legal interest, according to media reports, is when Hunter Biden purchased a firearm at a time he would have been prohibited from doing so because of his acknowledged struggles with drug addiction. Hunter has made his addictions very public.

Hunter Biden wrote about his lifelong struggle with alcoholism and drug abuse in a new memoir, Beautiful Things, saying, “in the last five years alone, my two-decades-long marriage has dissolved, guns have been put in my face, and at one point I dropped clean off the grid, living in $59-a-night Super 8 motels off I-95 while scaring my family even more than myself.”

But that has not prompted the gun control advocates to push for any intervention- as Hunter was also involved in many corrupt business deals over the years, for which he has never paid any consequences.

The headlines say the disgraced son of Democrat Joe Biden, 52-year-old Hunter Biden, could be closer to facing charges, as both Fox News and CNN reported this week.

The news comes after months of intense public interest in the contents of Hunter’s laptop, which reportedly has vast images of Hunter doing drugs, holding firearms, and interacting with prostitutes.

Of grave public concern are volumes of photos of children who may have been involved in sexual activity with Hunter, and the Feds have to be careful with any talk of prosecutions because of the upcoming elections.

“Investigators weigh possible charges, and prosecutors confront Justice Department guidelines to avoid bringing politically sensitive cases close to an election generally,” CNN reported, citing “people briefed on the matter.”

CNN admitted that the way Hunter’s case is being handled is political in their reporting:

“Current and former Justice Department officials say there is an unwritten rule that prosecutors avoid bringing politically sensitive cases within 60 days of an election.

Some current and former Justice officials have debated whether the rules necessarily apply in this instance since Joe Biden isn’t on the ballot in the midterms.

A lawyer for Hunter Biden declined to comment. The US Attorney’s Office in Delaware declined to comment.”

So, while no final decision has been made on whether to bring charges against President Joe Biden’s son, sources say the probe has intensified in recent months along with discussions among Delaware-based prosecutors and investigators running the probe and officials at Justice Department headquarters.

In other words, they are talking about charges.

Media reports are saying that possible charges stem from a probe into Hunter Biden’s finances and overseas business deals.

The probe is led by Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss, a prosecutor appointed by former President Donald Trump, giving some people hope that something might happen to bring Americans some justice.

“Weiss and the Justice Department have reached a point in the investigation in which they are looking into the possibility of charging President Biden’s son with various tax violations and foreign lobbying violations; sources told CNN and FOX.

“They are also eyeing a possible false statement charge related to Hunter Biden’s firearm purchase, The New York Post reported.

As of yet, there is no discussion anywhere about the potential sexual crimes or anything about child exploitation.

CNN reported on the political nature of addressing the criminality of the Biden family:

“The investigation of the President’s son has loomed large among the politically fraught issues Merrick Garland faces as attorney general. Weiss is a handful of former President Donald Trump appointees the Biden administration kept on because they oversaw politically sensitive investigations.

Adding to the pressure, Republicans in Congress have already announced that if they take over the House of Representatives after the midterm elections, they plan to launch new investigations and hold hearings to examine the conduct of Hunter Biden and others in the Biden family.”

Fox News reported that “Hunter Biden has been under federal investigation since 2018, according to a source familiar with the matter.

A separate source told Fox News that the federal grand jury looking into Hunter Biden’s business dealings wrapped up its latest term late last month but said no charges have been filed.”

“But the source said no final decision has been made on whether to charge Hunter Biden, and stressed that the investigation is ongoing,” Fox News reported.

It was first reported in December 2020 that Hunter Biden was a subject/target of the grand jury investigation, according to a well-placed government source.

According to the source, a “target” means that there is a “high probability that person committed a crime,” while a “subject” is someone you “don’t know for sure” has committed a crime.”

In part, the federal investigation into Hunter Biden was predicated on Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) regarding suspicious foreign transactions.

A Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) is a document that financial institutions, and those associated with their business, must file with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) whenever there is a suspected case of money laundering or fraud.

Another source familiar with the investigation told Fox News in December 2020 that the SARs regarded funds from “China and other foreign nations.”

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