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Hunter Biden Legal Problems Pile Up


Robert Hunter Biden has been hit with new criminal charges in California accusing him of scheming to avoid paying his taxes while spending lavishly on everything from luxury hotels to escorts to exotic cars.

The president’s son is also facing separate firearm charges in Delaware, raising the possibility he could be headed toward trial in two different cases as his father campaigns for re-election.

Biden’s Son Under Investigation 

A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging President Joe Biden’s son, Robert Hunter Biden,  (Hunter Biden) with three felony firearm offenses.

According to the indictment, Hunter Biden purchased a Colt Cobra 38SPL revolver from a federally licensed firearms dealer on Oct. 12, 2018. When purchasing a firearm, a prospective purchaser must fill out a Firearm Transaction Record, ATF Form 4473, and certify that all of his or her answers on the form are true and correct. As alleged in count one of the indictment, Hunter Biden knowingly made a false written statement on Form 4473, intended and likely to deceive the dealer he purchased the firearm from, when he certified that he was not an unlawful user of, or addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance.

He knew that statement was false, according to the indictment. In count two of the indictment, Hunter Biden is alleged to have knowingly made a false statement and representation to a federally licensed firearms dealer concerning information the dealer is required to keep under federal law. Count three of the indictment alleges that during 11 days between Oct. 12 and Oct. 23, 2018, Hunter Biden possessed a firearm while knowing he was an unlawful user of or addicted to any stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance, in violation of federal law.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

On June 20, 2023, Biden and prosecutors entered a plea agreement, agreeing to probation for filing his taxes late, and entering into a diversion program on the gun charge. Biden’s attorney said the agreement with prosecutors “resolved” the investigation, though prosecutors said the investigation was “ongoing.” Prosecutors later explained that the “ongoing” aspect of the investigation referred to possible charges of failing to register as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Republicans asserted Biden received a “sweetheart deal” as the son of the president. Legal experts said charges are rarely brought under circumstances such as Biden’s.

On July 26, Judge Maryellen Noreika declined to accept the deal, pending clarification of its terms by the parties. House Republicans and conservative groups had sought to block the deal the previous day. Weiss filed a document on August 11 stating negotiations had broken down.

As U.S. attorney, David Weiss has been investigating Hunter Biden since 2018. Republicans had for months asked Garland to appoint a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden. Many specifically demanded Weiss, a Trump-appointed Republican, but upon his appointment, many Republicans publicly reacted with outrage, as they saw Weiss as untrustworthy.

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