Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, has been indicted on federal firearms charges. The indictment alleges that Biden lied about his drug use when purchasing a firearm in October 2018, during a period when he admitted to struggling with addiction to crack cocaine. The charges are part of a long-running investigation into Biden’s business dealings.
In addition to the firearms charges, Hunter Biden is also under investigation for potential failure to pay taxes on time. The special counsel overseeing the case has indicated that charges related to tax evasion could be filed in either Washington or California, where Biden resides.
The indictment comes as congressional Republicans pursue an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden, largely centered around Hunter Biden’s business dealings. While Republicans have obtained testimony regarding how Hunter Biden used the “Biden brand” to secure work overseas, they have not presented concrete evidence of wrongdoing by the president.
Previously, a gun possession charge against Hunter Biden was part of a plea deal that included guilty pleas to misdemeanor tax charges. However, the agreement fell apart during a court hearing in July when a judge raised concerns about its unusual provisions. Defense attorneys argue that the part of the deal sparing Biden from prosecution on the gun count remains in effect, including immunity provisions against other potential charges. Prosecutors, on the other hand, assert that the agreement never took effect and is now invalid.
Congressional Republicans continue their own investigations into the Justice Department’s handling of the case and Hunter Biden’s business affairs, attempting to establish a direct connection between his financial dealings and his father. However, they have not produced evidence implicating President Joe Biden in his son’s work.
The plea agreement that collapsed would have allowed Hunter Biden to serve probation instead of jail time after pleading guilty to failing to pay taxes in 2017 and 2018. Prosecutors have stated that his personal income during those years amounted to approximately $4 million, including fees from a company he co-founded with the CEO of a Chinese business conglomerate and the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.