Federal prosecutors have officially unsealed the indictment against the “missing” Hunter Biden probe witness, American-Israeli energy expert Gal Luft.
Luft, who serves as co-director of a Maryland-based think tank, was supposed to testify in the House Republicans’ investigation into the Biden family business schemes. GOP lawmakers had been searching for him for months — but Luft has gone into hiding after the Department of Justice (DOJ) tried to arrest him on dubious charges.
On Monday, Luft was formally charged in the Southern District of New York with several crimes — including failing to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), illegal arms trafficking, violation of Iranian sanctions and making false statements to federal agents.
The missing witness had already been arrested on these charges back in February in Cyprus, but he fled extradition by skipping bail — claiming that he believed he would not receive a fair trial in New York.
Sen. Ron Johnson DEMANDS anti-Biden whistleblower Gal Luft be granted IMMUNITY to testify against Biden Crime Family after being indicted by the DOJ
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) July 11, 2023
In a video statement obtained by the New York Post last week, Luft detailed his attempt to blow the whistle on the Biden family’s business schemes — revealing that he had given evidence of the Biden family’s corruption to the DOJ and FBI in March 2019, several weeks before President Joe Biden announced his candidacy. Luft, who spends the majority of his time in Israel, had previously worked for the now-defunct Chinese energy company CEFC at the time that Hunter Biden was also working with the company.
Luft went on to note that he had not heard back from the DOJ about those allegations until he was arrested in Cyprus — which he claims is just an attempt to silence and discredit his allegations against the Biden family.
BREAKING: Just days after Biden corruption whistleblower Gal Luft came forward with the following video detailing Biden family corruption, the DOJ announces multiple indictments against him.
The Department of ‘Justice’ solely exists to protect the Washington elites.
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) July 10, 2023
In a statement, the DOJ claims that Luft “engaged, along with others, in multiple international criminal schemes.”
The statement alleges that Luft “conspired with others in an effort to act within the United States to advance the interests of the People’s Republic of China (‘China’) as agents of China-based principals, without registering as foreign agents as required under U.S. law.”
It goes on to claim that he “conspired with others and attempted to broker illicit arms transactions with, among others, certain Chinese individuals and entities… without a license to do so as required under U.S. law, in violation of the Arms Export Control Act.”
Another allegation from the DOJ’s statement asserts that Luft “conspired with others and attempted to broker deals for Iranian oil – which he directed an associate to refer to as ‘Brazilian’ oil in an effort to conceal the activity and evade sanctions – in violation of U.S. sanctions against Iran and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.”
He has been charged with conspiracy to violate FARA, the Arms Export Control Act and the International Emergency Powers Act, as well as violating all three acts and making false statements to investigators. If Luft is convicted on all counts, he faces up to 100 years in prison.
“He subverted foreign agent registration laws in the United States to seek to promote Chinese policies by acting through a former high-ranking U.S. Government official; he acted as a broker in deals for dangerous weapons and Iranian oil; and he told multiple lies about his crimes to law enforcement,” U.S. Attorney Damian Williams claimed. “As the charges unsealed today reflect, our Office will continue to work vigorously with our law enforcement partners to detect and hold accountable those who surreptitiously attempt to perpetrate malign foreign influence campaigns here in the United States.”