CNN — "Hunter Biden has agreed to plead guilty to multiple criminal charges." pic.twitter.com/1OPjcnyBSg— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) June 20, 2023
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Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, is set to plead guilty to charges related to tax offenses and a firearm violation, according to legal documents submitted to the court.
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The first set of charges involves two counts of willful failure to pay federal income tax, a violation of 26 U.S.C. § 7203. Hunter Biden has agreed to plead guilty to these offenses.
The second set of charges pertains to the possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user or addicted to a controlled substance. This is in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(g)(3) and 924(a)(2) (2018). As part of his agreement, Hunter Biden has entered into a Pretrial Diversion Agreement concerning these firearm charges.
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Hunter Biden is represented by Christopher J. Clark. Both the defense and prosecution have requested that the court schedule a consolidated initial appearance on the firearm charges, as well as an initial appearance and change of plea hearing for the tax offenses.
The court will receive original, executed copies of the Memorandum of Plea Agreement related to the tax offenses and the Pretrial Diversion Agreement related to the firearm charges, to be submitted well in advance of the hearing.
Quote from Hunter’s Attorney
“With the announcement of two agreements between my client, Hunter Biden, and the Unites States Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware, it is my understanding that the five-year investigation into Hunter is resolved,” said Clark in a statement to NBC News.
“Hunter will take responsibility for two instances of misdemeanor failure to file tax payments when due pursuant to a plea agreement. A firearm charge, which will be subject to a pretrial diversion agreement and will not be the subject of the plea agreement, will also be filed by the Government,” he continued.
“I know Hunter believes it is important to take responsibility for these mistakes he made during a period of turmoil and addiction in his life. He looks forward to continuing his recovery and moving forward,” Clark concluded.
It remains to be seen how these legal developments will impact the Biden family and the current administration. The story is developing and updates will be reported as more information becomes available.
Overview of Key Allegations and Controversies Involving Hunter Biden Reported by Mainstream Media
|Drug use||Late 1990s – 2010s||Hunter Biden has struggled with substance abuse, including crack cocaine and alcohol, which led to rehab stints and a discharge from the U.S. Navy Reserve.||The New Yorker|
|Ukraine business dealings||2014 – 2019||Hunter Biden served on the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company, raising concerns about conflicts of interest and influence-peddling given his father’s role as U.S. Vice President at the time.||BBC News|
|China business dealings||2013 – 2020||Hunter Biden was involved in investment and business ventures in China, sparking concerns about potential conflicts of interest and influence, particularly during Joe Biden’s vice presidency and presidential campaign.||The Guardian|
|Laptop controversy||2019, reported in 2020||A laptop allegedly belonging to Hunter Biden was given to a repair shop, and its contents were leaked to the media, including controversial emails and explicit images. The authenticity of the laptop and its contents were questioned, and the incident was characterized by some as a politically-motivated smear campaign.||The New York Times|
|Firearm purchase incident||2018, reported in 2021||Hunter Biden was accused of lying on an ATF Form 4473 when purchasing a firearm, specifically regarding his past drug use. This raised questions about whether he should face legal consequences for the alleged false statement.||Politico|
White House Statement
White House spokesperson for oversight and investigations, Ian Sams, has relayed a statement from President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden in response to the news about Hunter Biden’s plea deal on three federal charges.
“The President and First Lady love their son and support him as he continues to rebuild his life. We will have no further comment,” Sams said.
"My son's done nothing wrong. I trust him, I have faith in him, and it impacts my presidency by making me feel proud of him."— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 20, 2023
— Joe Biden (May 5, 2023)pic.twitter.com/zWh4kwY4K0
NSSF Criticizes Biden’s Deal with DOJ
“Under this administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy, licensed firearm retailers have had their lives destroyed for paperwork mistakes far less egregious than buying a gun when you are a crack addict,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel.
“They are not serious about reducing gun violence, only scoring cheap political points. It is worth noting this announcement came today, after President Biden’s appearance in Hartford last Friday to call for gun control,” Keane continued.
Ep. 5 As in most of the developing world, it's safer to be the president's son than his opponent. pic.twitter.com/AtRRaxYSjs— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) June 20, 2023
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