In addition to the federal firearm charges, President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, is also facing two other legal allegations.
Hunter Biden, the son of U.S. President Joe Biden, faced formal federal firearm charges on a Thursday, marking a significant development in an ongoing investigation into the President’s son.
The indictment alleges that Biden provided false information regarding his drug use when purchasing a firearm in October 2018, a period during which he openly acknowledged his struggle with crack addiction. This indictment was filed in a Delaware federal court by a special prosecutor overseeing the case.
In addition to the firearm charges, Hunter Biden has been under scrutiny for his business dealings. The special prosecutor has indicated that charges related to the failure to pay taxes on time could potentially be filed in Washington or California, where he resides.
The firearms indictment comes after a failed plea deal that aimed to avoid a criminal trial, particularly as the 2024 election drew closer. Since then, political pressure has escalated, with the House formally opening an impeachment investigation against the Democratic president.
The White House has consistently stated that President Joe Biden had no involvement in his son’s business affairs.
Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss, who has been overseeing the Hunter Biden investigation, was recently appointed as the special prosecutor, granting him extensive authority to investigate and present his findings.
The three-count indictment accuses Hunter Biden of falsifying information on a required gun purchase form when he acquired a Colt Cobra Special at a Wilmington, Delaware, gun shop. He is charged with two counts of making false statements by falsely declaring that he was neither a drug user nor an addict. Additionally, he faces a third count of weapon possession while being a drug user.
If convicted, two counts could result in up to 10 years in prison, while the third count carries a maximum sentence of five years.
Rep. James Comer, the leading Republican overseeing the impeachment investigation against the president, called the indictment a “small start.” He emphasized the need for the Justice Department to investigate claims made by Republicans regarding the president’s potential involvement in his son’s business dealings.
Previously, a gun charge against Hunter Biden had been part of a plea deal that included guilty pleas to misdemeanor tax offenses. However, the deal collapsed during a July court hearing when questions arose about its unusual provisions. While defense attorneys argue that certain aspects of the agreement remain valid, prosecutors assert that the deal never went into effect and is now void. They had foreshadowed new weapons charges in a previous court filing.
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