US President Biden’s Son Hunter Indicted On Gun Charges

Hunter Biden, the son of US Vice President Joe Biden, was indicted Thursday for illegally purchasing a gun while under the influence of drugs, casting a new cloud over his father’s reelection campaign next year.

Hunter Biden was charged with two counts of making false statements on paperwork required for the 2018 gun purchase, claiming that he was not illegally taking drugs at the time.

A third accusation stated that he illegally had the gun for 11 days in October of that year based on the false assertions.

If convicted on all three crimes, Biden could face up to 25 years in prison, but in fact, the charges seldom result in jail time.

In attesting that he was not an unlawful user of drugs at the time he bought the Colt Cobra revolver, Biden “knew that statement was false,” the Justice Department said.

The indictment came just two days after Republicans in Congress launched an impeachment investigation into Joe Biden, saying that while vice president, he profited financially from his son’s international business operations.

The firearms charges were filed by Justice Department Special Counsel David Weiss, who has been investigating Biden since 2018 on a variety of claims, the majority of which are related to his international business dealings.

Plea Deal Collapsed 

A plea agreement between Biden and Weiss, encompassing the gun charge as well as suspected tax irregularities, fell down two months ago due to disagreements about whether the president’s son may face additional charges.

In the July agreement, Biden, 53, agreed to plead guilty to two minor tax counts in federal court in Delaware.

In exchange, he was given probation because he had previously paid what he owed the government, as well as fines.

Weiss agreed to drop the felony gun charge provided Biden completed “pretrial diversion,” which typically entails treatment or rehabilitation.

However, the accord fell apart in a dramatic July 26 hearing over the question of whether Biden would have been immune from any other charges examined by Weiss, including possible crimes relating to his business dealings in Ukraine, China, and abroad.

The judge suggested that Biden could face charges for acting as a lobbyist for foreign countries without first registering with the Justice Department.

After the agreement fell through three weeks later, Weiss dropped the tax accusations and suggested in a court statement that additional charges would be filed in other states.

And he told the Delaware court that he expected an indictment on the gun charge before the end of September.

The legal problems of Biden, a Yale-trained lawyer and lobbyist, are posing an escalating challenge to his father’s re-election bid.

Republicans have accused President Biden’s Justice Department of sheltering his son and Weiss, a Republican appointee, of being too soft on Hunter without providing any evidence.

Republicans in the House of Representatives formally started an impeachment investigation against Joe Biden on Tuesday.

They claimed, without providing any proof, that while serving as vice president in 2015-2016, Biden sought to safeguard an allegedly fraudulent Ukrainian energy company, Burisma, on whose board Hunter Biden sat.

Republicans claim Joe Biden and his family profited handsomely from their assistance to Burisma.

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