WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors plan to ask a grand jury to indict Hunter, the son of President Joe Biden, by the end of the month, according to court documents filed Wednesday.
The exact charges facing the president’s son were not immediately clear, but appeared to be related to a firearms possession charge in which he was accused of possessing a firearm while a drug user. He is also being investigated by federal prosecutors for his business dealings.
Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss, newly appointed special counsel in the case, discussed a request for indictment before September 29 in a status report requested by Judge Maryellen Noreika.
Defense attorneys said Hunter Biden fulfilled the terms of a deal sparing him from gun felony charges if he remained sober and out of trouble.
The deal, which also contains an immunity clause from federal prosecution for certain other potential crimes, was part of a tax-felony plea deal that fell through in a court appearance in July. Defense attorneys say it remains in effect.
News of a possible new indictment comes as House Republicans brace for a likely impeachment inquiry of President Biden over unsubstantiated allegations that he played a role in his son’s foreign affairs during his term as vice-president.
“If you look at all the information we’ve been able to gather so far, it’s only natural that you should open an impeachment inquiry,” House Speaker Kevin McCarthy told Fox News recently.
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The young Biden has been the target of congressional investigations since Republicans took control of the House in January, with lawmakers obtaining thousands of pages of financial records from various members of the Biden family through subpoenas. appear at the Treasury Department and various financial institutions. Three powerful House committees are now pursuing multiple lines of inquiry related to the president and his son.
And even though Republicans have sought to link Hunter Biden’s financial affairs directly to his father, they have failed to produce evidence that the president was directly involved in his son’s work, even though he sometimes dined with the Hunter Biden clients or said hello to them on calls.
In recent months, Republicans have also focused on the Justice Department’s investigation of Hunter Biden after whistleblower testimony claimed he received special treatment throughout that case that lasted for years.
Hunter Biden was charged in June with two misdemeanors for failing to pay more than $100,000 in taxes on more than $1.5 million in earnings in 2017 and 2018. He was due to plead guilty in July, after concluding a deal with prosecutors, who planned to recommend two years of probation. The case fell apart at the hearing after President Donald Trump’s appointee Noreika raised multiple concerns about the details of the deal and her role in the proceedings.
Hunter Biden’s attorneys did not immediately return messages seeking comment on Wednesday. The White House legal counsel’s office referred questions to Hunter Biden’s personal attorneys. The Department of Justice did not immediately comment.
Associated Press writer Farnoush Amiri contributed to this report.
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