President Joe Biden’s son Hunter pleaded not guilty to federal tax charges this week. The court plea came just a day after the president’s son made a surprise visit to Capitol Hill as congressional Republicans considered filing contempt of Congress charges after he missed a subpoenaed testimony.
The president’s son pleaded not guilty to accusations that he intentionally did not pay about $1 million in taxes. The younger Biden pleaded not guilty to the three felonies and six misdemeanors.
According to the Department of Justice, the president’s son did not pay his taxes between 2016 and 2019 “despite having access to funds to pay some or all of these taxes.” The criminal complaint also accuses the president’s son of spending millions “on an extravagant lifestyle.”
Should Hunter Biden be convicted on all counts, he could face up to 17 years in prison.
There cannot be one set of laws if your last name is Biden and another set of laws for the rest of America.
We will hold Hunter Biden in contempt of Congress. pic.twitter.com/ABofZUGZqX
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) January 11, 2024
Hunter Biden did not speak during his Wednesday visit to Congress. During his brief stint in the chamber, Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) called for his arrest. The younger Biden left the building as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) began to speak.
The president’s son has also been in the news for other reasons this week. It was revealed that a Hollywood attorney is producing a documentary about Hunter Biden.
In 2023 Hunter Biden pleaded not guilty to federal firearms charges. Last summer a tentative plea deal that would have likely avoided prison time for the president’s son fell apart. U.S. Attorney David Weiss was named special counsel in the case, leading to the two separate indictments.
Hunter Biden faces up to 25 years in prison if he were convicted on all firearms charges.
Republican investigators in the House are also searching for information regarding millions of dollars of payments from foreign sources made to the Biden family. These include the business accounts of Hunter Biden as well as the president’s brother James.
So far, evidence of funds from China, Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Kazakhstan have been discovered.