Looks like Republicans are going to have to find another Biden other than Hunter to accuse of dastardly doings. May I suggest the Biden's German Shepherd that bit someone on the White House grounds a while back?
For Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, has gotten the equivalent of a legal slap on the wrist after a five-year investigation by a federal attorney appointed by Trump and kept on the job by President Biden to avoid any appearance of favoritism.
A Washington Post story describes what Hunter Biden is facing. In short, not much, because what he did didn't amount to much.
- Failure to pay taxes: Biden will plead guilty to failing to pay more than $100,000 in taxes in both 2017 and 2018 after making more than $1.5 million each year. Biden has struggled with debt but has paid the IRS back taxes thanks to a loan from a wealthy friend. Prosecutors recommend probation, potentially up to two years.
- Lying on a gun purchase: He will also admit to lying on a form for a gun he bought in 2018 by denying he misused drugs — but he will technically not plead guilty. In turn, prosecutors will agree not to prosecute him, but he has to abide by certain conditions to get the charge dropped from his record. It’s a deal called a diversion program that is typically applied to nonviolent offenders with substance use problems. To buy the gun, Biden filled out a federal form asking him if he was “an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance.” He checked no, but he’s written a book saying he was addicted to crack cocaine at that time; smoking it as often as “every 15 minutes.”
Even though Republicans have tried (and obviously failed) to make a big deal out of Hunter Biden's business dealings in Ukraine and China, the press release from the Justice Department makes no mention of this.
The release does say that "the investigation is ongoing," but that could simply mean that a judge has to approve the plea agreement reached between Hunter Biden and the Justice Department. Hunter Biden's attorney said this:
“With the announcement of two agreements between my client, Hunter Biden, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware, it is my understanding that the five-year investigation into Hunter is resolved,” Mr. Biden’s lawyer, Christopher Clark, said in a statement.
Of course, this won't stop Republicans from making stuff up about Hunter Biden, because that's what the GOP is all about these days: baseless conspiracy theories about how _______ (fill in the blank with whatever is thought to own the libs) is destroying America.
You'd think that Hunter Biden would now become a hero to Republicans. After all, they hate taxes and have been working like crazy to do away with the $80 billion the Biden administration has earmarked for the Internal Revenue Service to assure more tax compliance.
So Hunter Biden not paying his taxes on time for two years should entitle him to a speaking role at the next Republican convention. Especially since his other wrongdoing was buying a gun even though he was using illegal drugs at the time. That too should make him a hero to the GOP.