Hunter Biden (right), son of US President Joe Biden, is expected to be indicted on federal firearms charges by the end of September after a plea deal fell through.
Hunter Biden, the son of US President Joe Biden, was indicted this Thursday on charges of purchasing a gun five years ago, at which time he admitted to being a drug user.
He was charged with two counts of falsely stating that he did not use illegal drugs when purchasing a Colt revolver in eastern Delaware.
The third charge is for unlawful possession of a revolver based on a false statement, which could carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
The charges were formally made by David Weiss, the attorney general who had been investigating Hunter Biden since 2018.
The indictment comes two months after an agreement with the Justice Department on weapons possession and other tax offenses was broken, with the president’s son potentially facing other charges.
Under the agreement, Mr. Biden pleaded guilty to two minor tax-related charges.
In return, he was released on conditional release after it was confirmed that he had since paid the amount owed to the Treasury and the corresponding fine.
In the same deal, Weiss agreed to drop charges related to weapons possession if Biden agreed to undergo counseling and rehabilitation sessions.
But in a dramatic reversal of the judicial narrative, a July 26 hearing revealed that the agreement grants immunity for other charges Weiss is investigating, including the president’s son’s business dealings in Ukraine and China. They broke down over the possibility of giving.
The judge mentioned the possibility that Hunter Biden could be charged with lobbying a foreign government, which is not registered with the Justice Department.
Three weeks later, after the agreement fell apart, Weiss announced in a ruling that charges of prosecutorial misconduct were dropped and that other states would file additional charges against the defendants. He also announced that an indictment for the illegal purchase of weapons will be filed at the end of September.
The legal tangles of Hunter Biden, a 53-year-old lawyer and Yale University graduate, are casting a shadow over his father’s re-election campaign.
Opposition Republicans have accused the Justice Department of defending the president’s son and accusing Weiss of pandering to Hunter Biden.