Hunter Biden Indicted on Federal Gun Charges – Federal prosecutors have filed three gun-related charges against Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, as stated in court documents reported by NBC News. In Delaware federal court, Hunter Biden faces a three-count indictment. Two of these counts relate to his purported false statement on a form when purchasing a revolver in October 2018, where he claimed not to be using illegal drugs.
The third count alleges that Hunter, who has openly discussed his struggles with addiction, possessed a firearm while under the influence of narcotics. This indictment follows a five-year investigation involving federal prosecutors, the FBI, and the IRS, resulting in additional charges against Hunter, including two misdemeanor counts for failure to pay federal income taxes and a felony charge for unlawful firearm possession.
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Although he sought to negotiate a plea deal with prosecutors to evade a felony gun charge by admitting guilt to two tax-related charges, this agreement collapsed in July. The Justice Department initiated its investigation into Hunter Biden back in 2018 during the tenure of former President Donald Trump. Initially, the probe centered on his business interactions with foreign entities, a subject that garnered significant attention in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, particularly from Trump.
But the investigation reportedly evolved with time, focusing also on Hunter’s income taxes and paperwork he used to purchase a firearm in 2018, on which he allegedly denied being “an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug or any other controlled substance” despite publicly admitting to struggles with addiction.
CNBC reported that the investigation into Hunter was led by David Weiss, the U.S. attorney for Delaware who was appointed to his role by Trump, and whom Attorney General Garland recently described as “capable of making any decisions that he feels are appropriate.” Hunter revealed that federal prosecutors in Delaware were investigating his “tax affairs” about a month after his father was elected president, later telling CBS News that he was “being completely cooperative” in the investigation.
Hunter Biden has no formal role within the White House and was not part of his father’s presidential campaign. Nevertheless, he played a significant role in the 2020 showdown between his father and Trump. His business dealings have also been a focus of Republicans since his father took office.
Earlier this week, Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced that his party is launching an impeachment inquiry into Biden, accusing the president of lying “to the American people about his own knowledge of his family’s foreign business dealings.”