A report by Fox News has caused quite a stir in the United States.
According to the report, the FBI subpoenaed the computer and hard drive of Hunter Biden, son of US presidential candidate Joe Biden.
The subpoena seems to have a connection to an investigation into money-laundering.
Fox News' report is based on documents that have been obtained by the news channel.
The documents have been verified by federal law enforcement as well as government officials.
Reports also indicate that these documents have the signature of Joshua Wilson, an FBI Special Agent. He did not respond to Fox News' request to comment yet.
However, it is not clear whether the money-laundering investigation is actually directly linked to Hunter.
The Documents Causing Such Upset
One of the documents was identified as an FBI 'Receipt for Property' form. In it are details of the FBI's interactions with 'The Mac Shop's owner. The owner reported the contents of the laptop to the authorities.
The document reportedly has a 'Case ID' section. It was filled in by hand and given the classification that is associated with money laundering. Furthermore, the document's case number also indicates that the case was opened in the Baltimore FBI office.
The office covers the Wilmington, Delaware area where the subpoena had been executed.
The FBI can't open a case without sufficiently suspecting criminal activity.
According to a government official, the bureau had enough evidence to prove that there was criminal conduct. They must have had the evidence before opening the case.
Another document, according to reports, is a subpoena that went to John Paul Mac Isaac. He had to testify before the Delaware District Court on 9 December 2019.
Fox News sources indicated that the criminal case was opened before the subpoena of Isaac. This likely means the hard drive and laptop must have contained a lot of evidence.
Since the initial reports about the laptop and hard drive, the FBI declined to confirm or deny an investigation.
Of course, this is standard practice for the FBI.
Emails That Affected The Biden Campaign
Recently, the Biden campaign had to be delayed. This came after claims that Rudy Giuliani had provided the FBI with Hunter's emails.
According to the politician's campaign spokesperson, Andrew Bates, the FBI is investigating the authenticity of the whole story.
The emails allegedly revealed that Hunter introduced his father to a top executive at Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian natural gas firm.
The introduction happened a year before Biden put pressure on government officials in Ukraine.
Allegedly, he wanted them to fire Viktor Shokin, a prosecutor who was looking into the company's founder.
Additionally, it is reported that Biden met with the executive, Vadym Pozharskyi, in 2015. However, his campaign insists the meeting never happened.
Another email apparently shows a discussion of 'remuneration packages' for six people. The group was involved in a Chinese energy firm-related deal.
Biden has not commented on the email or accusations of his involvement in deals with the Chinese company.
His campaign insists that his finances are public. This is so it is obvious that he has no investment in China.