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Hunter Biden facing 10 years in prison on gun charges as prosecutor plans indictment

 September 7, 2023

Hunter Biden could soon be facing the possibility of up to a decade in prison over gun charges, according to new reports.

The beleaguered son of President Joe Biden is on the brink of a legal battle that could lead to him serving up to 10 years. This comes after a recent court document revealed that prosecutors are gearing up to indict him on charges related to a gun possession offense, as reported by the Daily Mail.

Recent developments in the case

Hunter had initially struck a plea agreement which would have enabled him to evade a trial on these charges.

This deal required him to adhere to specific parole terms spanning two years. However, the recent filing suggests that the possibility of indictment is still very much alive.

Special Counsel David Weiss disclosed in this week's filing:

The Speedy Trial Act requires that the Government obtain the return of an indictment by a grand jury by Friday, September 29, 2023, at the earliest. The Government intends to seek the return of an indictment in this case before that date.

The controversies surrounding Hunter

Notably, the younger Biden is also being heavily scrutinized by Weiss for his international business transactions.

This investigation is in addition to separate inquiries initiated by Republican members of Congress.

In a prior arrangement with Weiss, the U.S. attorney for Delaware who was recently named special counsel in the matter, Hunter had agreed to plead guilty to two minor offenses pertaining to an unpaid tax amount exceeding $100,000.

This was despite the fact that he earned over $1.5 million in 2017 and 2018.

After noticing discrepancies in the understanding of the plea agreement between government officials and Hunter's legal representatives, U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika said:

I'm not going to say I'm going to accept the agreement. I'm not going to say I'll deny it.

The plea deal and its implications

The condition of the plea deal was straightforward. Hunter would escape prosecution related to the firearm charge, provided he met specific conditions over a span of two years.

Hunter Biden was facing legal trouble once it emerged that he had falsely responded to a question on a 2018 firearm acquisition application.

A snapshot of the application form showed Hunter denying any use or addiction to drugs, which contradicted his own admission of extensive drug consumption during that period, one that was contained his 2021 memoir, Beautiful Things.

As these revelations surfaced, there was an outcry in Washington, with many Republicans opining that Hunter had secured a particularly lenient deal.

Their reservations were not baseless, as the understanding of the plea deal between the involved parties came under the spotlight during a courtroom session.

Judge Noreika highlighted her concerns, suggesting that both the U.S. attorney's office and Hunter's legal team had hoped for her to merely endorse the agreement without questioning its specifics.

Allegations of special treatment

In the wake of these courtroom events, Hunter's defense team held firm, asserting that the firearm deal was binding, given that it had already been signed.

However, the entire scenario was further challenged when two IRS informants accused the Justice Department of favoring the president's son.

The case took another unexpected turn in August when Attorney General Merrick Garland, appointed by President Joe Biden, announced a promotion for Weiss.

While Weiss was appointed to the U.S. Attorney role during former President Donald Trump's tenure, he had received endorsement from the state's two Democratic senators at the time.

Garland's prior refusal to name a special counsel in the Hunter Biden probe was met with skepticism, as was his subsequent decision to elevate Weiss to that position in the end.

GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley, expressing his reservations, asked:

Did they appoint him special counsel so he doesn't have to testify before the Congress of the United States?

Implications on broader political landscape

The development had repercussions in the political realm too.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy insinuated that Weiss' elevation might be an attempt to hinder the investigations of House Republicans.

McCarthy asserted that such a move shouldn't be a mechanism to obstruct investigations or "whitewash the Biden family corruption."

Conclusion

  • Hunter Biden might face an indictment on charges related to illegal firearm possession while using drugs.
  • He had previously negotiated a plea deal which would have saved him from such charges.
  • Hunter is also under scrutiny for his international business activities.
  • Discrepancies in the understanding of his plea deal were highlighted in court.
  • There are allegations that the Justice Department may have granted Hunter special treatment.
  • Political figures have weighed in on the recent developments, reflecting the broader political implications of the case.