Democratic presidential candidate and son of former Vice President Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, speaks via video stream during the 4th and final night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, as attendees across the country are hosted via video links from the convention’s originally planned site in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, August 20, 2020.
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The Arkansas woman who bore Hunter Biden a child out of wedlock recently testified before a federal grand jury in Delaware in a criminal tax investigation into President Joe Biden’s son, her attorney confirmed Thursday.
Clint Lancaster, the attorney for mother Lunden Alexis Roberts, also told CNBC that he previously turned over “a significant amount of Hunter’s financial records” to federal investigators to comply with a subpoena for those records.
Lancaster said he and Roberts were interviewed by an assistant U.S. attorney, an FBI agent and an IRS agent — “the one with the badge and the gun” — over a year ago in about Biden in Little Rock, Ark., where Lancaster practices law.
“I expect him to be charged,” the attorney said of Biden. “Based on what I’ve seen in his financial records, I’d be surprised if he wasn’t charged.”
Despite this expectation, Lancaster said he and his client Roberts “don’t want Hunter to go to jail.”
“That’s not my goal, much to the chagrin of many people in the Republican Party,” said Lancaster, a supporter of former President Donald Trump who, in the end 2020 worked on a legal challenge to results that showed Biden winning Wisconsin State that year.
When asked if Hunter Biden had ever seen his daughter with Roberts or if he had expressed an interest in doing so, Lancaster replied, “No, he hasn’t.”
“It’s sad, because the baby looks like her, with blond hair,” the lawyer said.
Biden, 52, who has worked as a lawyer, business consultant, lobbyist, investor and more recently as a fine art painterpreviously denied wrongdoing in his tax affairs.
CNBC has sought comment from its attorneys on Lancaster’s comments.
The White House declined to comment on the affair or Lancaster’s statement that neither Hunter Biden, President Biden, nor any other family member ever saw Hunter’s daughter by Roberts.
A White House spokesperson referred questions to the US Department of Justice, which declined to comment, as did the US Attorney’s Office in Delaware, which is leading the investigation into Biden.
“Oh boy, that was a bunch,” Lancaster said when asked how many documents there were related to Hunter Biden’s finances. The documents were part of the case for a child support lawsuit in an Arkansas court that Roberts filed against Biden in 2019 in relation to their daughter.
“They’re all in electronic form,” Lancaster said. “I would estimate it was anywhere from 10GB of data.”
“I’ve seen a lot of information” that is “problematic” for Biden, he said.
But Lancaster also added: ‘I make no statement as to what was in the tax records, whether he paid taxes or whether he didn’t.
Clint Lancaster, Little Rock, Ark. Lunden lawyer Alexis Robert
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The lawyer spoke in the wake of a New York Times article which reported that Hunter Biden in recent months told an associate he paid more than $1 million in federal taxes as part of the tax liability that is at least part of the investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware, l Biden family home state.
The Times reported that although the investigation initially focused on a possible criminal violation of tax laws, it has since broadened to include questions about whether Hunter Biden violated foreign lobbying and money laundering laws. ‘money.
The newspaper, citing a person familiar with the matter, reported that investigators interviewed Roberts, 30, a year ago in Arkansas to find out if a corporation used by Biden to pay her when she lived in Washington, DC, had received payments from Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company on whose board he once served.
Burisma paid Biden about $50,000 a month from April 2014 to April 2019. He resigned from the company’s board that year as his father’s presidential bid gained momentum.
Roberts’ child support suit against Biden noted that she “received money from a business” owned or controlled by him from May to November 2018.
“She never received any tax documents for these payments,” a court filing said.
Biden settled the case in January 2020 after agreeing to pay an undisclosed amount of monthly child support to Roberts. It was retroactive to November 2018, three months after the birth of their daughter.
Lancaster said Thursday that Roberts traveled to Wilmington, Del., in mid-February to testify before a grand jury at the U.S. courthouse to comply with a subpoena.
The DailyMail.com previously reported Roberts’ appearance for this testimony behind closed doors.
His attorney told CNBC that Roberts was not granted immunity from prosecution before testifying.
“She committed no crime, so she had no reason to be vaccinated,” Lancaster said.
He said he didn’t know what a prosecutor asked Roberts during his grand jury appearance.
Lancaster added that Roberts did not authorize him to give details to the media about his interrogation more than a year ago by federal investigators in Little Rock.
Lancaster did not give details of the records he turned over to investigators. He said, “I had his pay stubs from Burisma. I had records of what Burisma eventually paid to the United States.”
The lawyer said he first learned of the federal criminal investigation into Biden in December 2020. Joe Biden had won the popular presidential election vote weeks earlier, but President Trump and his supporters were still challenging the results on several legal fronts.
Lancaster said he received a federal subpoena for Roberts’ child support action filing “when I was in Wisconsin” working on such a legal challenge.
The subpoena included requests for financial documents that had been ordered sealed from public view by the judge in the Arkansas case, Lancaster said.
The attorney said he informed Biden’s attorney in the paternity case, Brent Langdon, shortly after receiving the subpoena.
Lancaster said that hours after contacting Langdon on Dec. 9, 2020, Hunter Biden released a statement publicly revealing for the first time that he was under criminal investigation for his “tax matters.”
“I take this matter very seriously, but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I have conducted my affairs in a lawful and proper manner, including with the assistance of professional tax advisers.” Biden said in that statement.
Biden, in that statement, said he learned about the investigation the previous day from his own attorney, who was briefed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The statement came five days before the Electoral College was to confirm his father’s election as president.
Roberts had sued Biden a year earlier in 2019, claiming she had his daughter in August 2018. At the time, he was still romantically involved with Hallie Biden, the widow of his late brother Beau Biden. The older brother, a former Delaware attorney general, died of brain cancer in 2015.
Roberts’ paternity suit was filed days after Biden married another woman, South African filmmaker Melissa Cohen, after knowing Cohen for just six days. The couple welcomed a son, named Beau, in March 2020.
Hunter Biden in court documents initially denied having sex with Roberts.
In his 2021 memoir titled ‘Beautiful Things’, Biden detailed his severe cocaine and alcohol addictions, and said he ‘had no memory’ of his encounter with Roberts which led to the birth. of his daughter.
But he stopped contesting their daughter’s paternity after Roberts said in court papers that a test confirmed he was the father.
Court records showed Biden missed an appearance in the case. They also said Biden and his attorneys were criticized by the judge for providing limited financial information as Robert sought support from their daughter over her argument that he had no money to spare.
The judge threatened to hold Biden in contempt in January 2020 for failing to disclose financial information. The matter was settled shortly thereafter.
At the time, Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives for withholding nearly $400 million in congressional-approved military aid to Ukraine while asking its president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, to announce an investigation. on Joe Biden and Hunter Biden in relation to Hunter’s role at Burisma, the energy company.
When Trump made the request in 2019, Joe Biden had become the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.
Trump was acquitted in his Senate impeachment trial in early 2020.
Russia invaded Ukraine three weeks ago. President Biden announced on Wednesday that the United States would send a wide range of weapons to Ukraine as part of an $800 million aid package.