Federal investigators are not only looking at Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son Hunter, but they have also launched a criminal probe involving his brother, James Biden, according to a new report.
On Wednesday, Hunter Biden announced that he was under investigation regarding his “tax affairs,” which his father’s presidential transition team, as well as the former vice president, acknowledged.
But, according to Politico, Joe Biden’s younger brother is also in the crosshairs of federal authorities in the Western District of Pennsylvania concerning a hospital business in which James Biden was involved.
Citing unnamed sources allegedly familiar with the probes, Politico reported that federal officials have begun to ask about James Biden’s role in the business in an investigation that is continuing.
The outlet said there isn’t any indication that Joe Biden is part of a current investigation. However, if the investigations remain active should he go on to become president, they are very likely to dog him once in office, Politico speculated.
“I take this matter very seriously but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisors,” Hunter Biden said in a statement.
Added the Biden-Harris transition team, “President-elect Biden is deeply proud of his son, who has fought through difficult challenges, including the vicious personal attacks of recent months, only to emerge stronger.”
This month, the Democratic nominee promised that his family and relatives wouldn’t be involved in any business dealings that appeared to be conflicts of interest.
“My son, my family will not be involved in any business, any enterprise that is in conflict with or appears to be in conflict, with inappropriate distance from the presidency and government,” Joe Biden said.
Hunter Biden has faced tax problems recently. In July, Washington, D.C., levied a $453,000 lien against him which he settled quickly for unpaid taxes.
As for James Biden, Politico says FBI agents have been digging into his dealings with Americore Health, a hospital company that operates facilities in rural areas. In late January 2019, agents raided one of the company’s hospitals in Ellwood City, Pa., and removed boxes.
The company is in bankruptcy. It has also faced charges of mismanagement that are not related to James Biden.
Both James and Hunter Biden, as well as a business partner Devon Archer, are also implicated as having suspicious ties to foreign business interests, especially in China. A joint report by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Finance Committees found, among other things, that Hunter Biden’s financial transitions, and those of some of his family members, with foreign nationals in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and China “raise criminal concerns and extortion threats.”
“The records acquired by the Committees show consistent, significant and extensive financial connections among and between Hunter Biden, [uncle] James Biden, [James’ wife] Sarah Biden, Devon Archer, and Chinese national connected to the Communist regime and [People’s Liberation Army] as well as other foreign nationals with questionable backgrounds,” the report states.
“These connections are the vast amount of money transferred among and between them don’t just raise conflicts of interest concerns, they raise criminal financial, counterintelligence, and extortion concerns,” it continues.
In addition, news about probes into various Biden family members comes on the heels of a report by Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Monday, who did a segment featuring a video of a Chinese professor, Di Dongsheng, vice dean of the School of International Relations at Renmin University, telling an audience that the Chinese government has extensive ties to the Biden family.
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