Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors, according to a court filing released on Tuesday. The agreement states that Hunter Biden will plead guilty to two federal misdemeanor crimes, specifically willfully failing to pay federal income taxes. Additionally, he has agreed to enter a pretrial diversion agreement in connection with a federal felony charge of possessing a gun as a user or addict of illegal drugs.
Hunter Biden Agrees to Guilty Plea
Under the terms of the pretrial diversion agreement, if Hunter Biden complies with the conditions for a set period of time, the felony charge will be dismissed. Sources familiar with the plea deal have reported that U.S. Attorney for Delaware, David Weiss, appointed by former President Donald Trump, will recommend probation as the sentence for the tax crimes.
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The plea deal comes as the culmination of a five-year criminal investigation into Hunter Biden, which began during the Trump administration. The investigation was led by Weiss, who filed two charging documents against Hunter Biden: one for the tax crimes and one for the firearm charge. Prosecutors commonly use this method to charge defendants who have agreed to plead guilty.
According to the information filed by Weiss’ office, Hunter Biden had taxable income exceeding $1.5 million in both 2017 and 2018 but failed to pay income tax for either of those years. He owed the IRS over $100,000 in taxes for each year. The maximum possible sentence for the tax crimes is 12 months in prison.
Regarding the firearm charge, the information states that during an 11-day period in October 2018, Hunter Biden possessed a Colt Cobra .38-caliber revolver, despite being aware of his unlawful use and addiction to a controlled substance. The maximum possible sentence for this charge is 10 years in prison.
The investigation into Hunter is still ongoing, according to Weiss’ office. A memorandum outlining the terms of the plea agreement and details of the pretrial diversion deal will be publicly filed before Hunter Biden appears in court for a plea hearing.
Hunter , who has struggled with substance abuse, paid the previously unpaid federal income taxes for 2017 and 2018 in 2022. The White House spokesman, Ian Sams, responded to the plea deal, stating, “The President and First Lady love their son and support him as he continues to rebuild his life. We will have no further comment.”
In a statement released by Hunter’s criminal defense lawyer, Chris Clark, it was stated that the five-year investigation into Hunter Biden has been resolved through two agreements with the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware. Clark confirmed that Hunter Biden will take responsibility for the two instances of misdemeanor failure to file tax payments and that a separate firearm charge will be subject to a pretrial diversion agreement.
Clark added that Hunter Biden acknowledges the importance of taking responsibility for his past mistakes during a period of turmoil and addiction and looks forward to continuing his recovery and moving forward.
Stay tuned for further updates as more details emerge on this developing story.