Federal Prosecutors Seek New Indictment Against Hunter Biden – Federal prosecutors aim to file a fresh indictment against Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, by the conclusion of September, as revealed in court documents submitted on Wednesday. The specific charges Hunter Biden may face remain unclear; however, he has been the subject of a Delaware investigation concerning potential gun and tax-related offenses.
This development was mentioned in a status report mandated by Judge Maryellen Noreika, with the US attorney for Delaware, David Weiss, now serving as a special counsel in the matter. “The Speedy Trial Act requires that the government obtain the return of an indictment by a grand jury by Friday, September 29, 2023, at the earliest. The Government intends to seek the return of an indictment in this case before that date,” the special counsel’s office said in a court filing.
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Defense lawyers contend that an arrangement to shield Hunter Biden from facing a felony gun charge continues to be effective. This agreement was originally a component of a plea deal related to misdemeanor tax violations, which unraveled during a court proceeding in July. In response to the federal court filing, Hunter Biden’s lawyers filed their own status report, saying that Hunter Biden “has been following and will continue to follow the conditions of that Agreement, which the US Attorney’s Office agreed and signed and informed the Court on July 20, 2023 that the Probation Office had agreed to and had recommended be put into effect.”
Nonetheless, Reiss stated last month that for the agreement to be officially confirmed, it would have required the signature of Margaret Bray, who serves as the chief US probation officer for the Delaware district. “In sum, because Ms. Bray, acting in her capacity as the Chief United States Probation Officer, did not approve the now-withdrawn diversion agreement, it never went into effect and, therefore, none of its terms are binding on either party,” prosecutors wrote in a court filing last month.
Reiss assumed his position last month following his request to Attorney General Merrick Garland for the role. This appointment grants him access to an investigative budget, independence from the Justice Department, and the authority to issue charges within federal jurisdictions. “Upon considering his request, as well as the extraordinary circumstances relating to this matter, I have concluded it is in the public interest to appoint him as special counsel,” Garland said at a press conference, an announcement that was widely criticized by Republicans of being too late and a “Biden family cover up.”