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First son Hunter Biden complained on a podcast last week following his latest indictment that Republicans were tying to “kill” him and destroy his father’s presidency.
Hunter made this assertion during an interview on musician Moby’s podcast, a conversation that seems to have been recorded before prosecutors secured a 9-count indictment against him in California, accusing him of tax crimes and adding another complication to his father’s reelection prospects, the UK’s Daily Mail reports.
“What they’re trying to do is they’re trying to kill me, knowing that it will be a pain greater than my father could be able to handle, and so therefore destroying a presidency in that way,” Hunter charged.
“They’re trying to kill me through other means – and I just won’t let them,” he said during another part of the interview.
The musician said he and Hunter met during rehab, a topic that was infused throughout their conversation.
According to the Washington Examiner, “Special counsel David Weiss, who is leading the prosecution, brought nine charges against Biden in the Central District of California, alleging in the indictment that the first son failed to pay $1.4 million in federal taxes over a four-year period.”
Hunter faces substantial jail time if he’s convicted on all counts.
“The charges comprise three felonies and six misdemeanors, including failing to pay taxes, failing to file taxes, and filing false returns from 2016 to 2019,” the outlet continued, adding that the maximum sentence for all the charges is 17 years if the first son is found guilty.
That said, “any sentence Hunter Biden receives could end up being much lower than that based on typical sentencing practices,” the Examiner reported, adding: The indictment alleges Biden cheated on his taxes and failed to pay what was owed while living a lavish lifestyle. In deep detail, the indictment lays out expenses on escorts, pornography, drugs, luxury hotels, and even a Lamborghini.
“Rather than pay his taxes, the Defendant spent millions of dollars on an extravagant lifestyle,” the indictment said.
Over the summer, a plea agreement between Hunter and federal prosecutors on two misdemeanor tax charges and a gun charge fell apart during his court appearance due to issues with immunity.
Initially, U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika said she had “concerns” about the parties linking the tax plea agreement to a deal for a felony gun charge. Hunter then pleaded “not guilty” to all his charges after the judge removed immunity from further prosecutions as part of his proposed plea deal.
“Prosecutors on Wednesday said Hunter Biden pleading guilty to the two misdemeanor tax offenses would not immunize him from future charges. The judge asked whether a potential violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act was under consideration, but prosecutors were tight-lipped on the matter. The judge put the court in recess and asked that federal prosecutors and Biden’s legal team discuss the plea deal, telling the court that they did not appear to be in agreement on the terms,” Fox News reported at the time.
Network host Laura Ingraham, herself an attorney, smelled a rat. She said during a show monologue following the collapse of the deal:
So after combing through both the plea agreement itself, as well as the transcript of yesterday’s court proceedings, The Angle understands why there was such a concerted effort to keep it all from the public. Now, the most damning provision, and one we hit briefly last night would have granted absurdly broad immunity to Hunter Biden.
Very conveniently, it would have covered every crime he may have committed during the relevant time frame. Presumably stuff regarding his lucrative business dealings with foreign entities based in China, Romania, Ukraine and God knows where else.
Now the effort to shield Hunter from further investigations — this is an explosive development, and it begs the question, if all these relationships he had with foreign business interests were on the up and up, now, why would the first son and why would his legal team think he needed this expansive immunity deal? And why wasn’t this known until yesterday?
Well, I’ll tell you why, because it appears that the lawyers from Joe Biden’s DOJ and Hunter’s legal team were in cahoots. The secret get out of jail free arrangement was hidden in paragraph 15 of something called the Pretrial Diversion Agreement, not even the deal itself. So when Judge Noreika discovered the scope of the immunity and then the unconstitutional role it would have conferred upon her, she was not happy.