Legal experts say Hunter Biden may have broken lobbying rules

New videos emerged earlier this month showing Hunter Biden in possession of illicit drugs and cavorting with prostitutes. However, a new report suggests that those images aren’t his only legal concerns.

According to the New York Post, Biden may have broken federal laws on lobbying for a foreign government, something which could land him in prison. 

Meeting with dad

The paper noted that Biden’s abandoned laptop shows he regularly met with his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, and business partners after returning from visits with foreign officials.

Jonathan Turley is a professor at George Washington University Law School, he said the fact that Hunter Biden has never registered as a lobbyist under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) could leave him open to prosecution.

“The recent disclosures of additional foreign contacts has only strengthened what was already a strong case. Indeed, in the last few weeks, the compelling basis for a FARA charge has become unassailable and undeniable,” Turley was quoted as telling the Post.

“The influence peddling schemes directly reference the President and [Joe Biden] is repeatedly cited as a possible recipient of funds,” the law professor went on to add.

Craig Engle is a FARA expert and he offered a similar assessment, saying, “If Hunter relayed the request for US government assistance, then that would be a FARA registrable event.”

“Given the nature of the client, given the nature of the work, and given his relationship with Joe Biden as demonstrated on his calendar, it makes it likely that FARA is part of an investigation,” Engle continued.

Doubts of consequences

Emails between Biden and business partner Eric Schwerin which were recovered from the laptop seem to indicate the pair were aware of the potential for getting in trouble.

“Was reading an article saying how [former White House Chief of Staff William] Daley was never a ‘registered’ lobbyist although he directed [Telecoms company] SBC and JP Morgan’s lobbying efforts,” Schwerin said in a message to Biden on January 8, 2011.

“Also the article noted that he was registered as Foreign Lobbyist under FARA at one point … sometimes I wonder why we stress about this so much,” he stated.

However, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson (R) expressed skepticism about the idea that Biden will be held accountable, telling the Post, “My concern is that DOJ will indict Hunter on watered-down charges, and then enter into a plea agreement that includes sealing the records on the case.”

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