Report: Attorney General Barr Knew About Hunter Biden Tax Probe for Months

Hunter Biden appears on ABC's "The View," defending his actions.
Hunter Biden appears on ABC's "The View," defending his actions. (YouTube/The View)

U.S. Attorney General William Barr knew about federal investigations into Hunter Biden's financial and business dealings for months but concealed them from the American public during the recent presidential election, The Wall Street Journal reports. One of these investigations came to light after federal investigators served Hunter Biden with a subpoena regarding a criminal tax investigation by the office of the U.S. attorney in Delaware.

"Republicans and President Trump have pressed Mr. Barr for months to pursue Mr. Biden, especially as his father, Joe Biden, gained momentum" in the presidential race, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Department of Justice did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment.

In a Wednesday statement, Hunter Biden confirmed the investigation into his "tax affairs": "I take this matter very seriously but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisors."

A "well-placed government source" told Fox News that Hunter Biden is a subject/target of a grand journey investigation and that "a 'target' means that there is a 'high probability that person committed a crime,' while a 'subject' is someone you 'don't know for sure has committed a crime.'"

President Trump, who has urged Barr to get involved, went to Twitter to voice his concerns, although the social media giant flagged his tweet with its standard post-election warning:

Other conservatives did not hesitate to weigh in on the matter. In a tweet of his own, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., called for a special prosecutor to investigate the claims against Hunter Biden:

And Republican U.S. Senate candidate for Georgia Kelly Loeffler noted that she fully supports Cotton's idea:

Political commentator Greg Kelly used even stronger language, calling out "'the INTELLIGENCE' community" on Twitter and adding, "Please, stop with the 'INTEL' part!"

Family ties run deep, however. Democratic candidate Joe Biden said in a statement Wednesday that he is "proud of his son, who has fought through difficult challenges, including the vicious personal attacks of recent months, only to emerge stronger."

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