Hunter Biden Faces Federal Firearms Charges Following Investigation
This article was first reported by: News Break
In a recent development, Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, has been indicted on federal firearms charges. This significant move is a part of an ongoing investigation that has been scrutinizing the younger Biden for some time.
The indictment alleges that Hunter Biden was dishonest about his drug use when purchasing a firearm in October 2018. During this period, he has publicly admitted to battling an addiction to crack cocaine. The indictment, filed in a federal court in Delaware, was overseen by a special counsel.
In addition to the firearms charges, Hunter Biden has been under the microscope for his business activities. There have been indications from the special counsel that he might face charges related to late tax payments, either in Washington or California, where he resides.
This indictment follows the recent breakdown of a plea deal that could have prevented a criminal trial, especially with the 2024 elections on the horizon. Political tensions have been mounting, with the House initiating an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden, attempting to link him to his son’s business endeavors and diverting attention from former President Donald Trump’s legal challenges.
Throughout the investigation, there has been no indication from federal prosecutors linking Joe Biden to the case. The White House has consistently stated that the president was not involved in his son’s business matters.
The charges against Hunter Biden include two counts of making false statements during the purchase of a Colt Cobra Special firearm in Wilmington, Delaware, and one count of possessing the firearm as a drug user. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison for two of the charges and up to five years for the third.
Interestingly, charges related to gun possession by drug users are uncommon, especially when not associated with other crimes. Only about 5% of individuals sentenced for illegal gun possession in 2021 were charged due to drug use, based on data from the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
The case continues to evolve, and it remains to be seen how it will impact the political landscape in the coming months.