Special counsel David Weiss intends to seek an indictment against Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, for gun charges by the end of the month, according to the Justice Department. Hunter Biden had previously reached a deal involving a felony gun possession charge that would have allowed him to avoid prosecution if he met certain conditions over a 24-month period. However, after his plea deal to resolve two tax charges fell apart in court, the future of the gun deal has been uncertain.
In a court filing, the special counsel’s office stated that the Speedy Trial Act requires the government to 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 exact number of charges to be brought against Hunter Biden was not disclosed by prosecutors.
Hunter Biden’s gun-related legal troubles stem from a firearm he purchased in October 2018. During the purchase of a revolver at a Delaware gun shop, he falsely declared on a federal form that he was not using or addicted to any illegal drugs, despite struggling with crack cocaine addiction at the time. Lying on the ATF form or possessing a firearm as a drug user is a federal crime. Hunter Biden possessed the gun for approximately 11 days in 2018.
Prosecutors have previously mentioned that the statute of limitations for some of these offenses is set to expire in October. Special counsel David Weiss has been leading the investigation into Hunter Biden’s actions.