It’s the first time a sitting president’s son has been prosecuted – Hunter Biden accused of making false statements to obtain a gun while on drugs
His son of President Joe Biden, Hunter, is facing three counts of violating the Arms Act. It is the first time that the son of a sitting president has been prosecuted.
According to the indictment, son Biden tried to buy a gun while he was a drug user.
Court documents indicate Mr. Biden lied to federal authorities as he bought a Colt revolver at a Delaware gun store in October 2018. At the time, Mr. Biden was a regular crack user.
The plea deal, which involved gun and tax charges, collapsed abruptly in July, dramatically changing the course of the case. Under the terms of the deal, Hunter would have been charged with two misdemeanor counts of failing to pay his taxes on time in 2017 and 2018. In addition, he would have faced a charge of illegal gun possession.
According to the new indictment, US authorities estimate that Hunter Biden is at risk of 25 years in prison, as falsely filing information to obtain a weapon is a federal crime and is punishable accordingly.
In the indictment filed at Court of Delaware it is reported that Hunter Biden is being prosecuted for three felonies related to his false statement to the arms dealer. At the time he was using drugs and, by law, was prohibited from owning a gun.
The prosecution ensures that the legal drama will play an outsized role in the 2024 presidential election, in which 80-year-old Joe Biden will seek re-election and is likely to face off again against 77-year-old Donald Trump, who faces four trials on various charges. state and federal offenses.
The indictment drafted by special counsel David Weiss makes no mention of Hunter Biden’s tax violations. Weiss had been appointed by Trump as the Delaware district attorney and had been investigating Hunter, 53,’s business activities for years. A special prosecutor was appointed to the investigation last August.
Biden Jr. has for years been a favorite target of relentless attacks by Trump and his Republican allies who have accused him of, among other things, his dealings with Ukraine and China. In the past Hunter has worked as a lobbyist, lawyer, banker and artist and has spoken publicly about his struggle with substance abuse.
Although the Republicans have collected testimony that Joe Biden occasionally spoke with associates of his son, they have yet to present evidence that he personally benefited from Hunter’s business activity.
In December 2020, Hunter Biden revealed that Weis’ office was investigating his tax affairs and denied any wrongdoing.
Although most of Trump’s appointed prosecutors were asked to resign when Biden took office in January 2021, the Justice Department asked Weiss to stay on. The department’s own investigation has come under close scrutiny by Republicans after IRS whistleblowers told Congress that the Justice Department had obstructed and limited Weis’ ability to prosecute. But Weiss denied it.
Hunter Biden never held a position in the White House or his father’s campaign. Joe Biden has said he did not discuss his son’s business activities abroad and that the Justice Department has complete independence to conduct any investigation against members of his family.
Trump and other Republicans cited a ‘conflict of interest’ because Hunter Biden was on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma at the time his father was Barack Obama’s vice president. In July 2020, in a phone call with the president of Ukraine, Trump asked him to have his administration investigate Joe and Hunter Biden ahead of the November presidential election. The case led to one of two impeachments against Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The Senate eventually acquitted him.
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