After mounting pressure from the Republican party, President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, has been indicted for lying to a dealer while purchasing a firearm back in 2018, but what’s next for Hunter, and how long could he face behind bars?
A History-Making Indictment
Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, faces federal charges linked to a gun purchase made back in 2018.
This marks the first time in US history that the Justice Department has charged the child of a sitting president.
Three Serious Charges Leveled Against Hunter Biden
The indictment includes three serious charges against Hunter Biden.
The first charge is for making false statements on a federal firearm form, and the second is for possessing a firearm as a prohibited person.
Original Plea Deal Crumbles, Setting Stage for Trial
This shocking development comes after Hunter Biden’s original plea deal collapsed, setting the stage for a potentially dramatic trial in the midst of his father’s 2024 reelection bid.
Plea Deal Disrupted Amid Federal Judge’s Scrutiny
Initially, the White House anticipated a resolution to Hunter Biden’s legal situation through a plea deal.
However, this plan unraveled over the summer under intense scrutiny from a federal judge.
Republicans Target President Biden
Adding fuel to the fire, House Republicans initiated an impeachment inquiry into President Biden regarding Hunter Biden’s business ventures.
Their impeachment is highly unsual, because an impeachment would usually only be initiated if significant evidence of wrongdoing was found, but House Republicans have yet to provide any evidence at all that President Biden has been involved in any wrongdoing.
Hunter Biden’s Next Move Uncertain
Court filings revealed that a summons was issued for Hunter Biden to appear in court for an initial hearing on the charges.
The date and location for this appearance remain uncertain.
Hunter Biden’s Location and Plans Revealed
At the time of the summons, Hunter Biden was residing in California, awaiting further instructions regarding a self-surrender or the initial court appearance.
The Bulk of the Indictment
The indictment read that Hunter Biden “provided a written statement on Form 4473 certifying he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, and any other controlled substance, when in fact, as he knew, that statement was false and fictitious.”
Lawyer Claims Political Pressure Led to Indictment
Hunter Biden’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, asserted that the indictment was a result of political pressure exerted by Republican politicians.
A “Sad Situation” for Hunter Biden
Former President Donald Trump expressed his view on the indictment, describing it as a “sad situation” for Hunter Biden and the nation.
Hunter Biden’s False Statement
The core of the legal troubles revolved around a firearm purchased by Hunter Biden in October 2018.
He allegedly made false statements on a federal form during this purchase while also lying to the gun dealer in Wilmington where he bought it.
Lying on ATF Form and Firearm Possession
Lying on the ATF form and possessing a firearm while being a drug user constitute federal crimes.
The indictment suggests that Hunter Biden possessed the gun for about 11 days in 2018.
Disputing the Charges
Hunter Biden’s lawyer contended that the charges should be nullified, citing “the recent rulings by several federal courts that this statute is unconstitutional, and the facts that he did not violate that law.”
The lawyer went further, saying, “we plan to demonstrate all of that in court.”
David Weiss Leads the Extensive Investigation
David Weiss, appointed as special counsel, led an extensive investigation into Hunter Biden’s potential tax evasion and illegal foreign lobbying, among other matters.
Potential Tax Crime Charges
Weiss continues to evaluate whether to charge Hunter Biden with tax crimes, suggesting a potential trial on these offenses.
In a theoretical scenario where Hunter Biden is convicted on all counts, he could face significant penalties, including up to 25 years in prison and a fine of $750,000.
The Grand Jury’s Three-Count Indictment
A federal grand jury in Delaware handed down a three-count indictment against Hunter Biden, outlining the charges related to the firearm purchase.
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