Sources said that the prosecutors have not yet decided whether the allegations against the accused will be proved.
The federal investigation into Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, has intensified in recent weeks, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.
A growing number of witnesses have appeared before a grand jury in Wilmington, Delaware in recent months, sources said, and were asked about the payments Hunter Biden received while serving on the board of the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma. For other questions about how Biden has paid off tax obligations in recent years.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Delaware, which is leading the investigation, is expected to hear from more witnesses in the coming weeks, sources told ABC News.
Sources say prosecutors have not yet decided whether the criminal charges against Biden are true, and there is controversy over whether Biden’s admitted past drug use could weaken a criminal case in his financial decision-making.
A spokesman for the DA’s office declined to comment on ABC News, as did a spokesman for the Justice Department.
Chris Clark, an attorney for Hunter Biden, did not respond to a request for comment. The progress of the investigation was first reported by the New York Times.
Hunter Biden confirmed the existence of the investigation in December 2020, shortly after his father won the presidency. Since taking office, President Biden has repeatedly pledged to uphold the independence of the judiciary and not to interfere in its work. The tax investigation is being led by U.S. Attorney Dan Weiss, a Trump appointee who was in office after Biden was sworn in.
In a statement released by the Biden-Harris Transition Team in December 2020, Hunter Biden stated that he and his attorney had learned of the investigation a few days earlier and was confident he had managed his tax matters “legally and properly.”
ABC News previously reported that the investigation began in 2018 – more than a year before Biden announced his candidacy for the presidency. Investigators suspended their work before the election and waited until the vote to inform Hunter Biden’s legal team about the investigation, a source told ABC News at the time.
Prior to the 2020 election, Hunter Biden’s work as a board member of the then-candidate Joe Biden’s political enemy – including then-President Donald Trump – focused on a series of unfortunate investment efforts in China. Trump and his associates have failed to identify Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings over the past decade as evidence of the Biden family’s corruption.
Hunter Biden told ABC News anchor Amy Robach in October 2019 about the impact of his business dealings on his father’s political career. “Do I think it was a weak verdict because I don’t believe it now, when I look back at it – I know it was there – nothing went wrong. Anyway, was it a weak verdict in the middle? Something that … A wetland – in – many ways? Yes. “
Although government surveillance has extensively questioned the moral impact of Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings, the federal investigation has identified the first possible legal threat associated with his foreign work.
Sources told ABC News that Delaware prosecutors are investigating the effects of Hunter Biden’s work tax on both China and Ukraine, among other business endeavors.
Mike Levine of ABC News contributed to this report.