With the recent appointment of a special counsel by the Justice Department to investigate President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, his life is expected to face increased scrutiny. Hunter Biden, a father of four and a Yale Law School graduate, has openly discussed his long battle with addiction to alcohol and crack cocaine. Moreover, his involvement in foreign business dealings has raised questions about potential influence on President Biden. Here is a timeline of key events in Hunter Biden’s life:
On February 4, 1970, Hunter Biden was born as the second child of Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his first wife, Neilia Hunter Biden. He has an older brother, Beau, born in 1969, and a sister, Naomi, born in 1971.
Tragedy struck on December 18, 1972, when Neilia Hunter Biden and Naomi Biden were killed in a car accident while shopping for a Christmas tree near their home in Wilmington, Delaware. Although Hunter Biden and Beau Biden were seriously injured, they survived.
In 1992, Hunter Biden graduated from Georgetown University.
July 1993 marked Hunter Biden’s marriage to Kathleen Buhle. They met while participating in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Portland, Oregon, in their twenties.
Hunter Biden obtained his law degree from Yale Law School in 1996.
During the early 2000s, Hunter Biden admitted to heavy drinking and substance abuse at social events and after work while working at Oldaker, Biden & Belair, a law and lobbying firm where he had been a partner since 2001.
On September 12, 2008, it was announced that Hunter Biden had resigned from his position as a Washington lobbyist, working for various clients, including online gambling ventures and biotechnology companies seeking earmarks. This announcement came during Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, in which Joe Biden was his running mate.
In 2013, Hunter Biden became a founding partner of BHR, an investment company based in Shanghai, China. This firm assisted in financing an Australian coal-mining company and aided a subsidiary of a Chinese defense conglomerate in acquiring a Michigan auto parts manufacturer.
Hunter Biden’s struggles continued in 2014 when he was discharged from the Navy Reserve after testing positive for cocaine use. He had been a commissioned ensign since May 7, 2013, assigned to a public affairs reserve unit in Norfolk, Virginia.
In April 2014, Hunter Biden joined the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company. This appointment raised concerns about corruption as Joe Biden, then vice president, was overseeing White House policy toward Ukraine. Hunter Biden received substantial financial compensation from Burisma.
On May 30, 2015, Beau Biden, Hunter’s brother, passed away at the age of 46 from brain cancer. This event triggered a relapse into alcohol addiction for Hunter Biden.
In May 2016, Hunter Biden’s depression deepened, and he developed an addiction to crack cocaine following the first anniversary of Beau Biden’s death.
In 2017, amid an acrimonious divorce, Hunter Biden and Kathleen Buhle finalized their divorce after 24 years of marriage and three children.
In March 2017, it was reported that Hunter Biden had entered a romantic relationship with his late brother Beau Biden’s widow, Hallie Biden.
August 2018 saw the birth of Hunter Biden’s daughter, Navy Joan Roberts, with Lunden Roberts from Arkansas. Hunter Biden has admitted to having no recollection of his encounter with Ms. Roberts and engaging in various indiscretions after his divorce.
On October 12, 2018, Hunter Biden purchased a .38-caliber handgun, falsely asserting on a U.S. government form that he was not using drugs.
In April 2019, Hunter Biden left a damaged laptop with incriminating content at a computer repair shop in Wilmington. The shop owner, John Paul Mac Isaac, copied the laptop’s contents and alerted the FBI.
In May 2019, Hunter Biden got married to Melissa Cohen, just six days after meeting her.
Later in 2019, DNA testing confirmed that Hunter Biden was the father of Navy Roberts. He was ordered to pay child support starting in 2020.
In October 2019, Hunter Biden announced his plans to step down from the board of BHR amid presidential campaign attacks questioning his involvement in foreign business dealings.
In December 2020, Hunter Biden disclosed that he was under investigation by the Justice Department for potential violations of tax and money laundering laws.
In June 2023, Hunter Biden agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor charges related to his failure to pay taxes on time. He also accepted terms to avoid a felony charge related to his disclosure of sobriety during his handgun purchase in 2018.
In July 2023, Hunter Biden resolved a long-standing battle over child support with Lunden Roberts, agreeing to provide monthly payments and artwork to his daughter.
Furthermore, it was revealed that in July 2023, Hunter Biden’s former business partner, Devon Archer, testified behind closed doors to Congress, indicating that President Biden had spoken with his son’s international business associates for over a decade. However, Democrats claim that there is no evidence to suggest President Biden was involved in any of Hunter Biden’s business deals.
On July 26, 2023, a federal judge postponed the proposed plea deal in Hunter Biden’s tax and gun case, indicating that the case may proceed to trial.
President Biden publicly acknowledged his granddaughter Navy Roberts for the first time on July 28, 2023, stating that he and Jill Biden want what is best for all of their grandchildren.
Finally, on August 11, 2023, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland elevated David C. Weiss, the U.S. attorney in Delaware, to special counsel status in the investigation into Hunter Biden’s conduct. Prosecutors filed court papers suggesting that the proposed plea deal has collapsed, indicating their expectation for a trial.
These key dates in Hunter Biden’s life shed light on the challenges and controversies he has faced, while also raising questions about potential influence and conflicts of interest during his father’s political career. The ongoing investigations and legal proceedings will undoubtedly continue to draw attention to Hunter Biden’s actions and their potential implications.