Hunter Biden’s Federal Indictment
- Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, has been indicted on three counts in Delaware federal court relating to firearm possession while under the influence of narcotics.
- Two of the charges are connected to Biden’s claim of not using illegal drugs when he bought a Colt Cobra revolver in October 2018.
- The third charge alleges narcotics use while in possession of a firearm.
🚨BREAKING: Hunter Biden has indicted by the special counsel on felony gun charges pic.twitter.com/u1TEsceaeO
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) September 14, 2023
Plea Agreement’s Collapse
- A previously agreed plea deal might have concluded the extended investigation into Hunter Biden. This agreement would have had Biden plead guilty to two misdemeanors for tax evasion, with the potential of a felony gun charge being dropped after two years, under specific conditions.
- However, this plea deal fell apart due to complexities in the agreement which a U.S. District Judge found atypical and potentially shielding Biden from other tax-related offenses.
- The debate emerged over the agreement’s protective provision, leading to its dissolution.
Background of the Investigation
- The inquiry, overseen by special counsel David Weiss, began in 2018, focusing on Hunter Biden’s financial dealings.
- The investigation’s progression has been marked by a tug-of-war on whether the initial plea agreement remains valid. Prosecutors argue its invalidity, while Hunter Biden’s attorney believes it’s still in effect.
- The president has defended his son amidst these allegations, expressing trust and pride in him. Hunter Biden has affirmed his full cooperation with the federal probe and anticipates exoneration.