Hunter Biden faces indictment for illegal weapon possession based on his purchase of a Colt Cobra 38SPL. The charges claim he lied on an FBI form, particularly about his drug use. At the time, he admitted to being addicted to crack
Three charges allege that Hunter knowingly lied. There’s also potential for another indictment against him for tax evasion. Previous negotiations for a plea deal, in which he would plead guilty to two tax offenses to avoid trial, had fallen apart.
Some legal experts believe the case against Hunter might be challenged in the Supreme Court, especially following a ruling that expanded gun rights. Hunter has been a consistent target for Republicans over the years, facing accusations related to Ukraine and China. His professional history includes roles as a lobbyist, lawyer, and investment banker.
The federal form in question could land Hunter up to 10 years in jail for each of the two counts of making false statements and five years for weapon possession while using drugs – a total of 25 years. After purchasing the weapon, it was discovered at his residence by Hallie Biden, the widow of his late brother, Beau. Concerned about Hunter’s mental well-being, Hallie discarded the gun in a trash bin outside a Wilmington, Delaware supermarket, where it was later retrieved by the police.
President Joe Biden has two surviving children, Hunter and Ashley. His son Beau passed away from cancer in 2015, and his daughter Naomi died young in an accident that also claimed the life of Joe’s first wife. Hunter’s indictment is unprecedented for a sitting president’s child. The President has been proactive, criticizing Republicans for betraying bipartisan budget agreements and advocating significant cuts to welfare, potentially leading to a government shutdown by the end of the month.