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  • Writer's pictureMaahik Trivedi

Unveiling the Complexities: Hunter Biden’s Investigation and Its Impacts


As the 2024 election season nears, the investigation in Hunter Biden continues to ramp up, spelling uncertainty for the Biden campaign (Carlos M. Vazquez II, Wikimedia Commons)


The Hunter Biden investigation has recently gained significant attention due to its increasing unpredictability. The investigation, led by special counsel David Weiss, went from a plea deal negotiation to a deep examination of tax and firearm charges, foreign business ties, and unreported income. This investigation has affected both Hunter Biden and his father, President Joe Biden, instigating debates about corruption and political influence.


Dual Charges: Taxes and Firearm Possession


Hunter Biden is currently facing charges involving tax offenses, firearm possession, and other related legal issues. These charges originated from a Justice Department investigation that began in 2018 under the Trump Administration.


As of now, Biden faces two misdemeanor offenses based on unpaid federal income taxes in 2017 and 2018. While he earned over $1.5 million in both years, he failed to report the income, resulting in over $100,000 of unpaid taxes per year.


He also faces charges for the unlawful possession of a firearm. He reportedly possessed a handgun during a period of illegal substance use in 2018. The charge involves making a false statement related to a gun purchase and his crack cocaine addiction period.


Plea Deal and Pre-Trial Diversion


To face these charges, Hunter Biden has entered into a plea deal. He pleaded guilty to tax evasion and agreed to participate in a pretrial diversion program for the firearm charge. Entering a plea deal could help him avoid trial and decrease his chance of jail time. If he lives up to the conditions that the prosecutors set, he could avoid imprisonment and get his gun charge dismissed.


While he has made significant efforts to eliminate these charges, legal problems continue to arise. After scrutinizing the deal severely, U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika chose to defer the agreement and have councilors reconvene at a later date.


Some uncertainty also exists around the validity of the investigation itself. Recently, an IRS whistleblower named Shapley confessed to meddling in the investigation, including giving advance warnings to Biden’s team, causing many to call the inquiry corrupt.


How Could This Affect President Biden’s Presidency and Reelection Campaign?


This investigation into Hunter Biden has garnered significant media coverage and could affect President Biden’s presidency and reelection campaign. Because the investigation covers legal issues like tax evasion, illegal firearm possession, and uncertain business dealing, it could cause significant issues for the Biden campaign, such as political distraction, damage to image, and heightened media scrutiny. This investigation could also distract President Biden’s policy agenda as the media shifts to Hunter’s legal issues, slowing the administration’s progress.


The investigation could separately influence the public’s opinion on the Biden family’s ethics. Media coverage has already led to negative headlines and caused public confidence in the administration to fall, making it harder for President Biden to get reelected. Nobody knows for sure how this will impact voters, but it could especially affect swing voters and undecided individuals.


The future of this case is still uncertain, but it is clear that it could significantly impact the results of next year’s elections. Some say political involvement makes this investigation unfair, but these claims have not yet been confirmed. All that can be done now is to wait and see how events unfold moving forward.

 



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