Two of those three counts accuse Hunter of knowingly putting false information on a form to claim that he was not using illegal drugs when he purchased a Colt Cobra .38 Special revolver from a gun dealer in Delaware in October 2018. The third count alleges that the presidential son possessed a firearm while being a person struggling with a drug addiction. (Related: REPORT: Hunter Biden hired PR firm to clean up his Wikipedia page and make him look good.)
The indictment claims that the presidential son certified on a federally mandated form "that 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."
Two of the counts carry maximum prison sentences of 10 years each, while the third has a maximum of five. Each count also carries a maximum fine of $250,000. This means that Hunter could face a maximum of 25 years in prison and a maximum fine of $750,000 if found guilty on all three charges.
Two of the three charges being brought against Hunter were not used in the prosecutors' initial gun case back in July. Abbe Lowell, one of the attorneys representing Hunter, claimed in a statement that it is strange that the prosecutors are filing charges against the president's son now but did not do so six weeks ago following a five-year investigation into this case.
"The evidence in this matter has not changed in the last six weeks, but the law has and so has MAGA Republicans' improper and partisan interference in this process," claimed Lowell. "Hunter Biden possessing an unloaded gun for 11 days was not a threat to public safety, but a prosecutor, with all the power imaginable, bending to political pressure presents a grave threat to our system of justice."
The historic indictment of the son of sitting President Joe Biden comes after a potential plea deal fell apart in July.
Special Counsel David Weiss, who is overseeing the case and heading the investigation, is an appointee of former President Donald Trump who was kept on as U.S. attorney for Delaware because of the sensitive and unique nature of the investigation into Hunter by the Department of Justice. Attorney General Merrick Garland named Weiss as the department's special counsel following the breakdown of negotiations in the plea deal.
The deal would have seen Hunter plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of failing to pay his taxes in return for the prosecutors recommending probation. If Hunter had complied with the terms of the probation in two years, the felony gun charge of illegally owning a firearm while using narcotics would have been dropped.
"We believe these charges are barred by the agreement the prosecutors made with Mr. Biden, the recent rulings by several federal courts that this statute is unconstitutional, and the facts that he did not violate that law, and we plan to demonstrate all of that in court," said Lowell.
The plea deal fell apart at the court appearance where it was expected to be finalized after the judge presiding over the case raised questions about certain details of the agreement.
"The agreements are not straightforward, and they contain some atypical provisions," said District Judge Maryellen Noreika. She pointed out one provision in the plea agreement that could theoretically protect Hunter from other tax-related crimes committed or unearthed during the same period.
Following her questioning, Hunter changed his plea to not guilty. Noreika then gave the parties an additional 30 days to renegotiate the plea deal.
It is still unclear if prosecutors will charge Hunter for the tax evasion crimes. Weiss noted that with Noreika not agreeing to the previous plea deal, a new trial could be held against Hunter. But this new trial might have to be switched to Washington, D.C. or California, where Hunter lives, and where the tax offenses allegedly took place. He also hinted that prosecutors could bring additional charges against Hunter in the future.
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