Headline RoundupDecember 8th, 2023

Hunter Biden Indicted on 9 Tax Charges

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, was indicted Thursday night on nine tax charges.

The Details: The 56-page indictment includes three felony charges and six misdemeanor tax offenses, including fraudulent tax returns, evasion of assessment, and failure to file and pay taxes. Biden faces up to 17 years in prison if convicted. It's the second set of charges against Hunter Biden, who was indicted in September on gun charges. The indictment details how Biden spent over $4.9 million between 2016 and 2019, including $683,212 on "payments to various women," $397,530 on clothes, and $188,960 on "adult entertainment," all while failing to pay taxes.

Key Quotes: "The Defendant engaged in a four-year scheme to not pay at least $1.4 million in self-assessed federal taxes he owed for tax years 2016 through 2019," wrote special counsel David Weiss, who's leading the investigation.

For Context: House Republicans have ordered Biden to be privately deposed next week in their investigation of alleged corruption and influence-peddling by him and his father. He has refused and instead offered to testify publicly, which Republicans rejected and said could only come after his deposition.

How the Media Covered It: Right-rated sources covered the news as a top story Friday morning. Left-rated sources covered it less prominently. Both Daily Beast (Left bias) and New York Post (Lean Right bias) highlighted a quote from Weiss saying Hunter Biden "spent millions of dollars on an extravagant lifestyle rather than paying his tax bills." 

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