The Justice Department’s investigation into Hunter Biden has begun to accelerate and become more intense, a report said earlier this week.
The investigation, which is being led by the U.S. attorney in Wilmington, Delaware, began as early as 2018, CNN noted further.
In addition to Biden’s financial and business activities in foreign nations, federal investigators are also looking into whether the president’s son violated federal firearm statutes and other laws governing lobbying for foreign entities.
“Right now, prosecutors in Delaware are focusing on a number of things, including whether Hunter Biden and some of his business associates violated laws including tax and money laundering laws and foreign lobbying laws,” CNN senior justice correspondent Evan Perez said on-air Wednesday.
The DOJ’s probe involves Biden’s work as a board member with Ukrainian natural-gas company Burisma.
“He was getting paid as much as $50,000 a month for that company during the time that Joe Biden, his father, was vice president, and in charge of handling Ukraine issues for the Obama administration, and that of course raised questions of a conflict,” said Perez, who noted as well that “not a lot was going on [with the probe] until recently.”
“We know witnesses who are going in to [speak with] investigators in the next few weeks,” Perez said. “This is a political mess for the sitting president to have his son being investigated by the Justice Department, his own Justice Department.”
Discussions among Justice Department, FBI, and IRS Criminal Investigation agency officials about the case’s strength and whether more work was needed before deciding on possible charges have picked up in recent months, CNN reported.
Some officials have debated whether Hunter Biden having admitted substance abuse struggles potentially could weaken their efforts.
Fox News ‘Primetime’ host Jesse Watters made some predictions to his viewers last week regarding the legal fate of Hunter Biden and how his father, President Joe Biden, will likely respond.
“We all see that emperor Joe Biden has no clothes,” he noted. “Joe Biden isn’t perfect. Joe Biden’s not making anybody happy. He’s not delivering for Republicans or Democrats or anybody. And his polling numbers are terrible. And Democrats are about to get wiped out and America knows it.”
“Primetime is hearing Hunter will be indicted. Biden will probably pardon his son and announce he’s not running for reelection,” Watters predicted, noting that is what an increasing number of observers expect to see happen.