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The Feds Delayed Action on Hunter Biden's Taxes and Now We Know Why

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The investigation into one of Hunter Biden's many sordid affairs was punted until after Election Day — a more politically convenient time for the Biden family — by those investigating the first son, according to a new report published Friday morning. 


As Townhall reported on December 9, 2020 — barely a month after Election Day — Joe Biden's presidential transition team revealed that Hunter Biden was under federal investigation over questions about his taxes and unreported income. 

"I learned yesterday for the first time that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware advised my legal counsel, also yesterday, that they are investigating my tax affairs,” explained Hunter in a statement. 

But according to a report, Hunter could — and perhaps should — have learned about the investigation months earlier at the height of the presidential contest between his father and President Donald Trump. 

As early as last summer, POLITICO reports, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Delaware had collected enough evidence and "reached a point at which investigators could have issued grand jury subpoenas and sought search warrants that might have revealed its existence at a time when many of then-President Donald Trump’s supporters were seeking to draw attention to Hunter Biden’s actions."

Investigators and officials "advised Delaware’s U.S. Attorney, David Weiss, to avoid taking any actions that could alert the public to the existence of the case in the middle of a presidential election."


This "dilemma" over whether to move forward with the investigation as normal or delay taking further action to push making the probe public until after the election resulted in U.S. Attorney David Weiss — a Trump appointee — choosing to punt. 

Weiss, however, decided to delay taking any actions that were likely to make the existence of the Hunter Biden probe public. Concerns about affecting the presidential election loomed large when Weiss entertained arguments about advancing the probe, according to the person involved in the discussions. No matter what he did, the decision was sure to come under scrutiny for signs of politicization.

While it's improbable there was a path by which the U.S. Attorney could avoid politicizing an investigation into the scandal-plagued son of a presidential candidate in the final months of a fraught contest, delaying the probe until after the election certainly seems like a political choice.

Weiss, subsequently, was one of only a few U.S. Attorneys appointed by President Trump that Biden didn't ask to resign after his inauguration and Weiss remains in charge of the investigation.

The announcement of the probe into Hunter's taxes would have hardly been the juiciest scandal to become public, even though failing to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in income from his time with Burisma makes a tasty scandal sandwich. The media, as they did with pretty much every other story related to Hunter before the election, would have mostly ignored the development anyway.


As Matt wrote, coverage of Biden's scandals could have proved decisive in some states in 2020. "The liberal media railed about the phantom impacts of Russian election interference for years, only to engage in…election interference in 2020," he noted. 

With this new report, it seems it wasn't just the media that was running interference to keep potentially damaging information about the Bidens from coming to light before Election Day.

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