Hunter Biden, the son of US President Joe Biden, has reached a plea deal concerning minor tax and gun offenses, marking the conclusion of a five-year investigation. Throughout this period, Republicans persistently alleged that serious crimes were being concealed.
Prosecutors stated on Tuesday that Hunter Biden, aged 53, has agreed to plead guilty to two counts of failing to pay federal income tax and has admitted to illegally possessing a firearm despite being a drug user.
The plea agreement between Hunter Biden and the US Attorney’s Office in his home state of Delaware will require the approval of a federal judge.
It is unlikely that the president’s son will face imprisonment. As reported by The Washington Post, prosecutors will request probation for the tax and gun charges.
President Biden and his wife, Jill, released a brief statement subsequent to the announcement.
“The President and First Lady love their son and support him as he continues to rebuild his life,” White House spokesperson Ian Sams said. “We will have no further comment.”
US Attorney David Weiss, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, announced that Hunter Biden has agreed to plead guilty to “two counts of willful failure to pay federal income tax.”
According to the charges, Hunter Biden, who is a lawyer and lobbyist, did not file his tax returns on time for earnings exceeding $1.5 million in both 2017 and 2018. He owed over $100,000 in taxes for each of those years.
Each count carries a potential sentence of up to 12 months in prison and a fine of up to $100,000, or double the financial gain from breaking the law.
Weiss also stated that Hunter Biden is facing one count of “possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance.”
Hunter Biden has acknowledged his past struggles with crack cocaine and other drugs.
He will not be prosecuted for the gun charge but will participate in a program called “pretrial diversion,” which often involves counseling or rehabilitation.
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In a statement, Christopher Clark, Hunter Biden’s lawyer, said, “Hunter will take responsibility for two instances of misdemeanor failure to file tax payments when due.
“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,” Clark said. “He looks forward to continuing his recovery and moving forward.”
Trump, who is currently dealing with felony charges in Florida related to mishandling government secrets and charges in New York for paying hush money to a porn star, criticized the agreement reached by Hunter Biden, describing it as a mere “traffic ticket.”
In a post on his Truth Social platform, Trump expressed his frustration, stating, “Our system is BROKEN!”
Trump is currently the leading contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, and there is a possibility of a rematch with Democratic incumbent Joe Biden in the upcoming White House race.
Representative James Comer, the Republican chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability, which has initiated an investigation into the business dealings of the Biden family, condemned the plea agreement, considering it a lenient punishment or a “slap on the wrist.”
“These charges against Hunter Biden and sweetheart plea deal have no impact on the Oversight Committee’s investigation,” Comer said in a statement.
In December 2019, former President Donald Trump faced impeachment by the House of Representatives due to allegations that he sought political information about the Bidens from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in order to influence the 2020 election. However, he was ultimately acquitted by the Senate.
In his memoir, Hunter Biden opens up about his struggles with drug and alcohol addiction. He candidly discusses buying crack cocaine on the streets of Washington DC and even cooking it himself in a hotel bungalow in Los Angeles.
Hunter Biden’s addiction issues led to his discharge from the Navy Reserve in 2014 after testing positive for cocaine. He explains how he turned to heavy drinking in his 20s and sought rehabilitation but unfortunately relapsed after the death of his older brother, Beau, who passed away from brain cancer in 2015 at the age of 46.
The Biden brothers had previously experienced a tragic car accident in December 1972, which claimed the lives of their mother and sister. This occurred just weeks after their father, Joe Biden, was first elected as a US senator from Delaware.