Hunter Biden was spotted interacting with top politicians and public figures at a lavish state dinner on Thursday after being charged with two federal felony counts of willful failure to pay federal income taxes.
Attorney General Merrick Garland, who heads the Ministry of Justice, also attended the White House state dinner in honor of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Hunter Biden has agreed to plead guilty to the tax charges and is also entering a pretrial diversion agreement on a separate charge of possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance, his lawyers.
The plea has yet to be approved by a judge.
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Hunter Biden, son of President Biden, at a state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted by President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden at the White House in Washington, DC, on Thursday, June 22, 2023. (Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Hours before dinner, House Republicans released testimony from two IRS whistleblowers alleging that the Justice Department, FBI, and IRS were interfering in the Biden investigation.
A whistleblower, IRS Criminal Supervisory Special Agent Gary Shapley Jr., testified that Assistant United States Attorney in Delaware, Lesley Wolf, told him that “optics were a driving factor in deciding whether or not to execute a search warrant” at President Biden’s home in Delaware in connection with the Hunter Biden investigation.
Garland has faced a barrage of questions about Hunter Biden’s petty sentences and lack of jail time.
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Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks with Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, top left, at a state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted by President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, June 22, 2023. (Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Senator Rick Scott is demanding that Garland fully explain to the American people why a plea deal has been reached between Hunter Biden and the US attorney in Delaware that will save him time in prison.
Scott noted that in a recent case in Virginia, a mother faces up to 24 months in prison for using controlled substances while possessing a firearm, and in another case, actor Wesley Snipes received three one-year sentences for tax evasion. cost.
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Hunter Biden, son of US President Joe Biden, and his wife, Melissa Cohen, right, arrive for a state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted by President Biden and first lady Jill Biden at the White House in Washington, D.C., Thursday , June 22, 2023. (Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
But Scott said Hunter Biden will avoid jail time for the tax and gun charges he faced thanks to a plea deal the Justice Department agreed to.
“The reported plea deal granted to President Biden’s son is a farcical example of precisely that two-pronged approach to criminal justice by the DOJ under your leadership,” he wrote to Garland. “What can the American public take away from the outcome of this five-year investigation and the leniency shown to Hunter Biden over both the federal tax violations and the gun violations he has committed?”
Brie Stimson and Elizabeth Elkind of Fox News contributed to this report.
Timothy Nerozzi is a writer for Fox News Digital. You can follow him on Twitter @timothynerozzi and email him at [email protected]