The FBI has reportedly gathered enough evidence to charge Joe Biden’s son with tax crimes and misrepresentation to buy a gun.
Hunter Biden, 52, has been under investigation since 2018 and has denied any wrongdoing.
FBI agents reportedly have a “viable case” against the son of the The American President which they believe will likely lead to a conviction at trial, according to the Washington Post.
Now Delaware US Attorney General David Weiss – appointed during the Trump administration – must decide whether to press charges.
The US Department of Justice (DOJ), FBI and a spokesperson for Mr. Weiss all declined to comment on the case.
Mr Biden’s lawyer, Chris Clark, accused investigators of leaking information about the alleged offenses and urged the DOJ to “diligently investigate and prosecute” anyone responsible.
Mr Clark said prosecutors were ‘diligently and carefully assessing the evidence’ provided by officers and witnesses, including those for the defense – and called for not being ‘rushed, rushed or criticized’ in the exercise of their functions.
The investigation reportedly initially focused on Mr Biden’s finances related to overseas business dealings and consultancy work.
According to The Washington Post, he also allegedly lied on documents to buy a gun in 2018, with sources agreeing to speak to the US publication on condition of anonymity.
He appeared Mr. Biden’s tax affairs probed by Mr. Weiss in December 2020 – a month before his father is sworn in as US President.
“I take this matter very seriously, but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I have conducted my affairs in a lawful and proper manner, including with the assistance of professional tax advisers.” he said at the time.
The then-president-elect said he was “deeply proud” of his son, praising him for “taking on difficult challenges” “to emerge stronger”.
During his father’s vice presidency under President Barack Obama in 2014, Mr Biden opened up about his long battle with drug addiction after being discharged from the Naval Reserve for testing positive for cocaine.
In April last year, it opened on his struggle with drug addictionrevealing how he went 13 days without sleep during a crack and vodka binge.