Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden’s son, was indicted Thursday by Special Counsel David Weiss on three federal gun-related charges.
Documents filed in federal court in Delaware show the charges stem from the younger Biden’s drug use when he purchased a gun in October 2018.
Biden, 53, was charged with one count of making a false statement in purchasing a firearm, one count of making a false statement relating to information required to be maintained by a federally licensed firearms dealer and one count of possession of a firearm by a person who is an Unlawful User or addicted to a controlled substance.
If convicted, Hunter Biden could face a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and fines of up to $750,000, according to CBS News.
Weiss was appointed special prosecutor in the case by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland in August after congressional lawmakers raised questions about President Biden’s involvement in his son’s business dealings. Garland granted Weiss broader authority to conduct further investigation in various areas.
Prosecutors have conducted a multi-year investigation into Hunter Biden’s business dealings. The House of Representatives is now digging deeper into Joe Biden’s ties to these controversial arrangements, opening an impeachment inquiry against the president.
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In July, Hunter Biden’s plea deal on tax evasion and gun charges collapsed after U.S. District Court Judge Maryellen Noreika raised multiple concerns about the details.
Defense attorneys argued that part of the deal sparing Hunter Biden from prosecution over the gun count if he stays out of trouble remains in effect. It includes provisions for immunity from other potential charges. His lawyers have indicated they will fight additional charges against him.
Prosecutors maintain, however, that the agreement never took effect and is now void.
Weiss indicated that charges of failing to pay taxes on time could be filed in Washington or California, where Biden resides.
Republicans had ridiculed Hunter Biden’s plea deal as a “sweetheart” deal. This would have allowed him to serve probation rather than prison after pleading guilty to failure to pay taxes in 2017 and 2018.
His personal income during those two years was about $4 million, including trading and consulting fees from a company he started with the CEO of a Chinese business conglomerate and the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, prosecutors said.
Rep. James Comer, Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, led the congressional investigation into Hunter Biden’s financial ties and dealings. The Kentucky lawmaker obtained thousands of pages of financial records from various Biden family members through subpoenas from the Treasury Department and various financial institutions.
In explosive testimony, Devon Archer, a former business partner of Hunter Biden, told congressional investigators in August that Hunter used his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to help a family “brand” that engaged with foreign clients who sought influence in the country. Washington.
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In announcing an impeachment inquiry against President Biden earlier this week, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy cited the president’s lies about his son’s affairs as reason to investigate.
“These are allegations of abuse of power, obstruction and corruption. And they warrant further investigation by the House of Representatives,” McCarthy said Tuesday.
Although no concrete evidence has been revealed so far by the House Oversight Committee, Republicans say it could come to light during the investigation.