Hunter Biden Pleads ‘Not Guilty’ In High-Stakes Case And Prepares For Battle
Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, has just entered a “not guilty” plea on felony gun charges. The President’s son is setting up a high-profile and high-stakes battle in the court system now. It could play out just when his father needs a sterling reputation the most, as the 2024 election cycle ramps up.
The President’s son is setting up a high-profile and high-stakes battle in the court system now. It could play out just when his father needs a sterling reputation the most, as the 2024 election cycle ramps up. Here’s why Hunter is facing major federal charges, and what will happen next.
Hunter’s Plea Deal Falls Apart
President Joe Biden loves his children, but Hunter Biden continues to be a thorn in his father’s side. The oft-reckless maverick son of the President has faced years of criticism for his business deals and behavior in private. And now that his father is about to enter the thick of the 2024 election cycle and needs to focus, pressure on Hunter and focus on his misbehavior has increased tenfold.
As the subject of both the Department of Justice and Congressional probes, Hunter has avoided any major trouble: until now. In 2018, federal authorities with the U.S. Attorney’s office started an investigation into Hunter’s taxes. They were looking into whether or not he paid his due amount of taxes on millions of dollars worth of earned money. Some of his ventures involve overseas businesses, which raises red flags for investigators. Hunter has since paid the owed taxes, but the probe continued.
While investigating, authorities discovered that Hunter may have lied on a 2018 application to purchase a gun. At the time, Hunter said he was drug-free when he purchased the Colt Cobra 38SPL revolver. But the businessman later admitted that he was addicted to drugs at the time.
Over the summer, Hunter was offered a deal to plead guilty to a pair of misdemeanor tax offenses. It would have significantly lessened his chance of serving jail time. The plea deal also included Hunter entering a diversion program to avoid prosecution on the gun charge.
But the deal withered, and special counsel David Weiss then signaled that he would be charging Hunter on tax and gun charges.
Hunter Biden Pleads Not Guilty In High-Stakes Case
On September 14, David Weiss Weiss charged Hunter Biden with two counts of false statements in purchasing a firearm. He was also slapped with a third count of illegally obtaining a firearm while addicted to drugs.
But during today’s arraignment, Hunter decided to fight back and entered a “not guilty” plea on the felony gun charges. It sets up a potentially lengthy and certainly high-profile court battle for Hunter. That could come in the midst of Joe Biden’s next run for the presidency. If found guilty of the charges, Hunter could face up to 25 years in prison. It would be a difficult development for Joe, who is trying to paint his candidacy as a marked deviation from the criminal charge-heavy campaign of Donald Trump.
And while the DOJ case kicks off against Hunter, Congressional probes continue into the President’s son. MAGA-leaning Republicans in Congress are pursuing investigations into Hunter’s overseas business dealings. It’s somewhat of a pet project of Trump and his supporters, who have been calling for Hunter’s imprisonment for years.
And the same Congresspeople who are investigating Hunter Biden are launching an impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden. The White House has dismissed the Congressional probes as “extreme politics at its worst.”