As pressure mounts for a federal investigation to enter a ‘critical stage,’ experts say Hunter Biden could face jail time after failing to register as a foreign agent in years of foreign transactions, according to the New York Post.
The Post report says Biden never registered under the federal Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
The law, dating from 1938, states that persons who act as an “agent, representative, employee or servant … at the direction of, at the request of, or under the direction or control of a ‘foreign principal’ “must register with the U.S. government. Failure to do so is punishable by up to five years in federal prison, as well as a $250,000 fine.
“Foreign principal” has a broad definition that can include government officials, political organizations, foreign corporations, influential private interests and more.
“The recent revelations of additional foreign contacts have only strengthened what was already a strong case. Indeed, over the past several weeks, the compelling basis for a FARA accusation has become unassailable and undeniable,” said the George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley on Biden. relationships.
“The influence peddling schemes refer directly to the president and [Joe Biden] is repeatedly cited as a possible recipient of funds,” Turley added.
Hunter Biden’s overseas dealings are part of an ongoing investigation being conducted on behalf of the Justice Department. The investigation originally began in 2018 as a tax investigation, but has since widened significantly after leaks of an abandoned laptop revealed links between Hunter Biden and the current commander in chief.
While the investigation contains potential lobbying laws and money laundering violations, insiders note that Biden could receive a “generous” plea deal. Still, House Republicans have pledged to conduct their own investigation if they win a midterm majority.
“Unless the person charged is a Republican, FARA has always been a tough law to prosecute and get a conviction,” Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., told the Post. “I have always suspected that the criminal investigation into Hunter Biden is another example of the uneven application of justice, with Democrats and their elite allies being treated with kid gloves. indicts Hunter on watered-down charges, then strikes a plea deal that includes sealing the case files. This would be a travesty, as it would prevent the American people from knowing the truth and the full extent of the family’s corruption. Biden.
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