Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden’s wayward son, has been indicted on three federal gun-related charges — and of all the allegations he faces, these are the only ones that don’t allegedly implicate his father in wrongdoing.
Special counsel David Weiss filed three gun charges against Hunter Biden on Thursday, which could result in up to 25 years in prison. These are the first charges after a “sweetheart” plea bargain failed in July when she was questioned by a judge.
But that deal also included misdemeanor charges for willful failure to file federal taxes. The taxes were tied to income Hunter Biden appears to have earned through business dealings he established with the help of his father when Joe Biden was vice president. Critics of the deal said Hunter Biden should also have been charged with violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) – which could also have implicated Joe Biden in his actions.
Joe Biden’s role in Hunter Biden’s business dealings was significant enough that Hunter Biden’s then-attorney, Chris Clark, reportedly threatened to call the president to the defense witness stand if his son was indicted.
Gun violations have nothing to do with Joe Biden, other than the fact that the president has spoken vehemently in favor of gun control and the need to enforce existing laws on firearms to reduce gun violence in the country.
Critics said the appointment of Weiss, the Delaware U.S. attorney responsible for the slow investigation and plea bargain, as special counsel in the case looked like a cover-up.
That impression was only reinforced, as conservative radio host Mark Levin and others have noted, by Weiss’s decision to accuse Hunter Biden of making false statements and possessing a firearm while that he was addicted to a controlled substance. The president would have no apparent link with this alleged misconduct.
Weiss may, however, add additional fees in the future.
Notably, Hunter Biden’s lawyers have hinted that they may challenge any gun charges on Second Amendment grounds.
Joel B. Pollak is a senior editor at Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the new biography, Rhoda: “Comrade Kadalie, You Are Out of Service.” He is also the author of the recent e-book Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. He is the recipient of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.
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