Prosecutors accuse Hunter Biden of making false statements to acquire a firearm in 2018, according to a US court document.
Hunter, the son of US President Joe Biden, has been charged with three counts related to gun possession, according to a US court document.
In Thursday’s indictment, prosecutors accused Hunter of making false statements related to drug use in order to acquire a firearm in 2018.
The indictment, which was filed by U.S. Special Counsel David Weiss in federal court in Delaware, comes after a failed July deal under which Hunter would plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and s enroll in a program to avoid prosecution for a firearms-related charge.
A White House spokesperson directed questions to the U.S. Department of Justice and Hunter’s legal team on Thursday, saying the charges stemmed from an independent investigation.
The case will undoubtedly play an outsized role in the 2024 U.S. presidential campaign, as Biden seeks re-election in a likely rematch with his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump, who leads the race for the Republican Party nomination.
It also comes just days after Republicans announced they would open an impeachment inquiry against the Democratic president — largely over his son’s business dealings.
For years, Hunter has been the target of attacks from Trump and his Republican allies, who have accused him of wrongdoing regarding Ukraine and China, among other things.
Biden’s critics have also taken advantage of Hunter’s personal problems, including a long struggle with drug addiction, to attack the US president.
Prosecutors said in Thursday’s indictment that, in an effort to obtain a firearm, Hunter made a statement “certifying that he was not an illegal user or addict of any stimulant , a narcotic or any other controlled substance.”
They said, however, that he knew “this statement was false and fictitious.”