Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, has been indicted on felony gun charges in Delaware, according to a partially redacted court filing by Department of Justice (DOJ) special counsel David Weiss.
Biden was indicted Thursday on three counts for providing false statements and knowingly possessing the gun while he was addicted to drugs, in connection with the acquisition of a Colt Cobra revolver in October 2018, the indictment states. He faces a maximum prison sentence of ten years for the first and third offenses, with the second offense holding a maximum of five years, according to a defendant information sheet. (RELATED: Biden-Appointed Prosecutors Did Not Cooperate In Hunter Biden Case, FBI Agent Testifies)
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“Robert Hunter Biden, provided a written statement on Form 4473 certifying that he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant narcotic drug, and any other controlled substance, when in fact, as he knew, the statement was false and fictitious,” the indictment reads.
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The DOJ said in a Sept. 6 status report that it was seeking an indictment for Biden’s felony gun charge by the end of the month. Biden’s legal team responded by arguing the pretrial diversion agreement proposed by the DOJ is legally valid, a notion the DOJ has disputed.
Hunter Biden was expected to plead guilty in July to two tax misdemeanors and sign a pretrial diversion agreement to avoid jail times for a felony gun charge. His plea agreement collapsed when Delaware U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika scrutinized an immunity provision tucked into the diversion agreement, resulting in a dispute between Biden’s defense counsel and DOJ special attorney Leo Wise.
Biden’s defense counsel Christopher J. Clark withdrew from the case in August because of his role in the failed guilty plea negotiations. Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss special counsel in August and Weiss immediately requested to withdraw Biden’s two tax offenses to potentially charge him in a different jurisdiction. Noreika granted Weiss’ request and dismissed the tax charge without prejudice.
The House Ways and Means, Oversight and Judiciary Committees continue to investigate IRS whistleblower testimony accusing the DOJ of giving Hunter Biden special treatment in the tax case against him. House Oversight is also investigating Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings and the role Joe Biden played in his son’s affairs.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday the House Ways and Means, Oversight and Judiciary Committees will be spearheading the House’s impeachment inquiry into Hunter Biden.