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An attorney representing the mother of Hunter Biden’s three-year-old daughter said during an interview Thursday he expects the president’s son will be charged with a crime in relation to a federal tax fraud investigation.
“I expect him to be indicted,” attorney Clint Lancaster said in an interview with CNBC. “Just based on what I saw in his financial records, I would be surprised if he’s not indicted.”
National Review Online adds:
Lancaster represents Lunden Alexis Roberts, a former stripper with whom Hunter Biden fathered a child. Roberts first sued Hunter Biden in 2019, claiming she had his daughter, and the suit was settled in January 2020 with Hunter agreeing to pay child support.
Roberts testified a year ago as part of a probe into Hunter’s finances, Lancaster confirmed, adding that he gave investigators “a significant amount of Hunter’s financial records.”
While Lancaster did not detail all the records he turned over, he noted that “I had his Burisma pay records. I had records of ultimately what Burisma paid into the United States.”
Hunter Biden took a lucrative position on the board of the Ukrainian energy company while his father, Joe Biden, was vice president under then-President Barack Obama, who made his VP ‘point man’ on administration policies dealing with the former Soviet satellite country.
The president’s son came under federal investigation in 2018 for potential criminal violations of the U.S. tax code as well as possible money-laundering and violations of foreign lobbying rules, The New York Times reported Wednesday.
Hunter wrote in a 2014 email that Burisma officials “need to know in no uncertain terms that we will not and cannot intervene directly with domestic policymakers, and that we need to abide by FARA and any other U.S. laws in the strictest sense across the board.”
The Times report also noted that Hunter informed a colleague that he had settled a $1 million tax bill with the IRS and was forced to take out a loan in order to do so:
But Mr. Biden’s taxes are just one element of the broader investigation stemming from work he did around the world. Hunter Biden is a Yale-educated lawyer; his professional life has intersected with his father’s public service, including working as a registered lobbyist for domestic interests and, while his father was vice president, pursuing deals and clients in Asia and Europe.
As recently as last month, the federal grand jury heard testimony in Wilmington, Del., from two witnesses, one of whom was a former employee of Hunter Biden whose lawyer was later subpoenaed for financial records that reflected money Mr. Biden received from a Ukrainian energy company.
The Times revelations were based in part on emails the paper reviewed that originated from a laptop Hunter Biden abandoned at a computer repair shop in Delaware in 2019, which was turned over to the FBI. The existence of the computer and some of its contents were first reported by the New York Post in mid-October 2020, just a few weeks prior to the Nov. 3 election.
Citing materials found on the hard drive, a copy of which was given to The Post by Rudy Giuliani, then-President Trump’s personal attorney, the paper noted:
Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company.
The never-before-revealed meeting is mentioned in a message of appreciation that Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Burisma, allegedly sent Hunter Biden on April 17, 2015, about a year after Hunter joined the Burisma board at a reported salary of up to $50,000 a month.
For his part, Lancaster told CNBC that it is neither his desire nor that of his client to see Hunter Biden jailed.
“It’s not my goal, much to the unhappiness of many people in the Republican Party,” he said.