The federal investigation into Hunter Biden’s activities and the information obtained from his laptop continues.
The probe that began as a tax inquiry several years ago and now has widened to include more of Hunter Biden’s business and personal past, including collaborations with his father, Joe Biden and tax, money laundering, and foreign lobbying now includes personal relationships.
Now documents have been requested regarding a paternity lawsuit by Lunden Roberts, a woman who in 2019 alleged Hunter Biden is the father of her child.
CBS News reported that prosecutors investigating Hunter Biden subpoenaed documents from a paternity lawsuit that included tax records for the president’s son, according to documents and an attorney involved in the matter.
“They wanted every record relating to Hunter Biden we had,” Clint Lancaster, attorney representing Lunden Roberts, told CBS News.
A December 2020 subpoena from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Delaware, obtained by CBS News, requested all documents “regarding [Hunter] Biden’s income, assets, debts, obligations, and financial transactions…transactions… and all personal and business expenditures.” The request specified January 2017 to the present. The subpoena also requested a wide range of tax documents pertaining to Hunter Biden.
“All federal, state, local and foreign tax documentation related to Biden,” the subpoena reads, “including but not limited to, IRS Forms 1099, income and payroll tax returns, state tax returns, and amended tax returns. Hunter Biden’s personal and business conduct have been the subject of scrutiny — and the target of Republican political attacks — since the earliest days of the 2020 presidential campaign, CBS reported.
Lancaster told CBS News that in the fall of 2021, the Assistant U.S. Attorney in Delaware, Lesley Wolf, traveled to his Arkansas law office, joined by at least two federal agents, one from the FBI and the other an IRS enforcement agent. Lancaster said he and his client spent about half a day answering questions about Hunter Biden and his business practices.
Lancaster said that in the meeting, investigators asked for information about several companies affiliated with Hunter Biden, including Rosemont Seneca Partners, a firm where he worked for several years.
The line of questioning tracks with a separate 2019 federal subpoena from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Delaware. The subpoena, obtained by CBS News, sought “all records, documents and accounts pertaining to all financial/banking transactions” between 15 business entities and Hunter Biden, the president’s brother James, as well as two business partners dating back to 2014, when Joe Biden was vice president.
Lancaster said that during the paternity suit Hunter Biden had supplied an “affidavit of financial means,” which detailed his finances through income statements and a breakdown of monthly expenses.
Lancaster said the tax records he and his client supplied overlapped with the time period of Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings
CBS continued, “An Arkansas court filing from November 2019 states, “DNA testing has established with scientific certainty” that Hunter Biden is the father of Roberts’ child. The child is believed to be around 3 years old today. The paternity case was settled in 2020. Some of the records in the case are under seal.”
The U.S. Attorney’s office has not commented on the status or objectives of their investigation into Hunter Biden. The office also declined to answer CBS’ questions about Lancaster’s account.
Roberts herself testified before a Delaware grand jury in February of this year, her lawyer told CBS News. Roberts declined, however, to comment to CBS News.
In March, an Arkansas judge approved a final settlement between Hunter Biden and Luden Roberts. Biden will pay “an undisclosed monthly amount of child support and health insurance premiums ” for his 19 month old child by Roberts. Biden is married to his wife Melissa since May 2019, and they have a son born in March 2020.
A retired federal prosecutor told CBS News the actions described by Lancaster suggest an aggressive effort by investigators working on behalf of the U.S. Attorney in Delaware, CBS reports.
“The whole thing is as serious as a heart attack,” says Harry Litmann, who spent two decades at the Department of Justice, including as a U.S. Attorney. “People are going in and out of the grand jury. They are trying to plumb the depths. They’re playing hardball.”
The New York Times reported last month that Hunter Biden has “paid off a significant tax liability.”
The case is being led by the U.S. Attorney in Delaware, David C. Weiss. Weiss was appointed by former President Trump and kept on by the Biden administration, in part because they did not want to appear to be interfering in the probe by replacing him with a Democratic appointee. A former close associate of Weiss who spoke to CBS News said, “David is a straight shooter.”
The White House has referred questions to the Department of Justice, CBS reports.
“I’m a spokesperson for the United States,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said last month responding to questions about Hunter Biden. She directed questions about the investigation to the Justice Department, saying of the president’s son, “He doesn’t work in the government.”
A lawyer for Hunter Biden has not responded to CBS News.