Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors about allegations that he failed to pay federal income tax and unlawfully possessed a firearm. He will admit to tax offenses but is expected to escape going to jail.
Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, will plead guilty to two tax-related misdemeanors and reached an agreement with federal prosecutors on one felony firearms charge, the Justice Department said in court documents Tuesday.
The 2024 presidential election will be directly affected by the petition agreement.
The allegations were included in a criminal filing in the US District Court in Delaware, where US Attorney David Weiss is leading an investigation into possible crimes including the appointment of Donald Trump, money laundering, and foreign lobbying.
The settlement with federal prosecutors will “resolve” the Justice Department’s lengthy criminal investigation into the president’s son, according to a statement from Hunter Biden’s attorney Christopher Clark.
According to a plea deal, Clark said Hunter would “accept responsibility for two instances of failure to file tax payments when due.” The government will also bring a charge involving firearms, which will be covered by a pretrial diversionary arrangement, but not by plea bargaining. I know Hunter feels it’s important to acknowledge the mistakes he made during his life of struggle and addiction. He anticipates going on and completing his recovery.
The White House released a brief statement saying that Biden “loves his son.”
The First Lady and the President love their son and are there for him as he works to restore his life. According to White House spokesman Ian Sam’s, we will have no further comment.
Trump criticizes plea agreement with Hunter Biden on Truth Social.
‘Very good! Hunter Biden was absolved of centuries of criminal responsibility by the corrupt Biden DOJ simply by receiving a “traffic ticket”. Our system is faulty!
In recent weeks, talk of securing a plea agreement has grown more heated. Weiss attended a meeting that Hunter Biden’s legal team requested of the Justice Department in April when they presented their case on why they don’t think Hunter Biden should be indicted. He argued, among other things, that Hunter Biden had settled past taxes and penalties.
A spokesman for Weiss chose not to answer questions.
Firearms investigation and tax charges
Prosecutors were looking into a 2018 incident in which Hunter Biden’s then-girlfriend accidentally threw away a gun owned by Wilmington Skip, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. In interviews with the media in 2021, Hunter Biden admitted to a heroin addiction, raising the possibility that he had broken the law when purchasing the rifle.
Anyone who uses or is addicted to illegal substances is not allowed to acquire a weapon under federal law, and CNN previously reported that federal prosecutors are considering possible charges related to making false statements related to gun purchases. Were.
According to public records, more than $450,000 in state liens were foreclosed in Washington, D.C. in 2020, an indicator that those liens were probably paid. Hunter Biden has previously informed acquaintances that he has paid overdue tax debts.
However, investigators continued to closely monitor the source of the money that Hunter Biden used to pay his taxes. Hunter Biden’s debts mounted in 2018 and 2019 despite repeated warnings from his bank, his accountant and others, according to emails to CNN verified by a forensic expert.
The House under Republican leadership is closely scrutinizing Hunter Biden’s business operations, his handling of the Justice Department investigation and the involvement of other Biden family members in international transactions.
Lawyers for an IRS whistleblower who alleges that Democratic and Republican congressional investigators have interfered with their inquiries are expected to make disclosures to Congress, according to people with knowledge of the situation.
The IRS whistleblower allegedly claimed to have material that “contradicts sworn testimony to Congress by a senior political appointee,” according to a letter from the whistleblower’s attorney. Garland was that key political appointee, according to CNN sources with knowledge of the situation.
The Justice Department refused to allow investigators to take more aggressive investigative measures in the Hunter Biden probe, according to a whistleblower who worked for the FBI, who also antagonized Republican senators.
Unless he agrees to let them study a summary of an informant’s allegations that Joe Biden exchanged policy assignments for millions of dollars in payments to his family, Republicans in the House have impeached FBI Director Christopher Wray to Congress. threatened to be held in contempt. Investigators did not find evidence to support the informant’s statements.
The background behind Hunter Biden’s legal problems are his personal struggles, much of which he discusses in his 2021 memoir. Biden has been transparent about his battle with drug and alcohol addiction. Their 24-year marriage ended in divorce in 2017, and according to his ex-wife, he spent extravagantly on booze and at strip clubs. He also admitted to dating the widow of his late brother Beau in 2017. Hunter Biden got married for the second time in 2019 and he and Melissa Cohen had a child.
Joe Biden said he is pleased with the progress his son has made in dealing with addiction, despite Trump’s efforts to make Hunter Biden the centerpiece of his 2020 campaign. In a similar justification, he told CNN’s Jake Tapper last year that he was “proud” of his son for being open about his struggle with drug addiction.
“This is a young man who became addicted to drugs, as many families have experienced, even though he is now an adult. It hasn’t stopped him. He’s built a new life for himself,” Joe Biden said.
Joe Biden vowed not to participate in Justice Department prosecution decisions after he was elected.
In December 2020, Joe Biden, who was President-elect at the time, told Tapper, “I’m not saying, go sue.” A, B, or C.”
“It’s not the job of my Justice Department; it’s not the job. It’s the Justice Department for the people.”
In 2022, Attorney General Merrick Garland told a Senate committee that the president was “committed not to interfere not only in that investigation but in any other type of investigation.” He also indicated that he “will not interfere” with the DOJ’s investigation of Hunter Biden.
Other investigations into Hunter Biden
Hunter Biden’s effort to obtain a contract with CEFC China Energy to invest in US energy projects after his father left the vice presidency in 2017 is among issues under investigation by the Justice Department, according to records from two Senate committees by Republicans. was one of
According to a narrative Hunter Biden provided in a 2019 New Yorker feature, the deal ultimately failed, and the company’s boss was subsequently jailed by Chinese authorities on suspicion of corruption.
Additionally, Hunter Biden temporarily served as defense attorney for the CEO of a CEFC-backed organization that was eventually indicted on bribery charges.
According to The New Yorker, in which Hunter Biden detailed an ownership partnership in an investment vehicle with US and Chinese partners, additional Hunter Biden business activities in China raised concerns among White House officials throughout the Obama administration.
Federal authorities have already looked into Hunter Biden’s lobbying efforts related to Ukraine. Particularly notable was the lobbying effort by Blue Star Strategies for the energy business Burma, whose board Hunter Biden continued to receive up to $50,000 per month from 2014 to 2019.
Joe Biden has said that his son’s Ukraine-related dealings had no bearing on his approach to the country as vice president, when he spearheaded Ukraine anti-corruption initiatives for the United States. And State Department officials who were critical of Hunter Biden’s Ukraine activities nonetheless told lawmakers that it did not improperly influence policy-making, according to transcripts of Senate testimony.