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Hunter Biden to plead guilty to federal tax offenses, cuts deal on felony gun charge

Jun 20, 2023

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Hunter Biden will plead guilty to two tax misdemeanors and admit to the facts of a felony gun charge under terms that will likely keep him out of jail. The Justice Department said in court filings on June 20 that the president’s son has tentatively agreed to plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges for failing to pay $1.2 million over the period of 2017 – 2018.

Biden’s representatives have said that Hunter previously paid back the IRS what he owed. 

While Biden is pleading guilty to two tax charges, the gun charge is being handled as a diversion, which means he will not technically be pleading guilty to that crime. 

Diversion is an option typically applied to nonviolent offenders with substance abuse problems.

In 2018, Hunter bought a gun when he was regularly abusing crack cocaine. This drug abuse is something he has spoken about publicly. The criminal charge stems from Hunter’s denial of drug use on the gun purchase documents. The denial exposed him to the potential charge of making a false statement, as well as illegal gun possession once he acquired the weapon. 

In all, prosecutors would recommend two years of probation and diversion conditions, according to The Washington Post. If he successfully meets the conditions, the gun charge would be removed from his record. 

Any proposed plea deal would have to be approved by a federal judge. It’s not clear when Hunter Biden, 53, might appear in court to enter his guilty plea.

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KARAH HUNTER: HUNTER BIDEN WILL PLEAD GUILTY TO TWO TAX MISDEMEANORS AND ADMIT TO THE FACTS OF A FELONY GUN CHARGE UNDER TERMS THAT WILL LIKELY KEEP HIM OUT OF JAIL. 

 

HUNTER BIDEN REACHES PLEA DEAL IN TAX, GUN CASE

 

THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAID TUESDAY – IN COURT FILINGS – THAT THE PRESIDENT’S SON HAS TENTATIVELY AGREED TO PLEAD GUILTY TO TWO MISDEMEANOR TAX CHARGES FOR FAILING TO PAY MORE THAN ONE-MILLION DOLLARS OVER THE 2017 – 2018 YEARS. BIDEN’S REPRESENTATIVES HAVE SAID THAT HUNTER PREVIOUSLY PAID BACK THE IRS WHAT HE OWED. 

 

GUN CHARGE BEING HANDLED AS A DIVERSION

 

WHILE BIDEN IS PLEADING GUILTY TO TWO TAX CHARGES, THE GUN CHARGE IS BEING HANDLED AS A DIVERSION, WHICH MEANS HE WILL NOT TECHNICALLY BE PLEADING GUILTY TO THAT CRIME. 

 

DIVERSION IS AN OPTION TYPICALLY APPLIED TO NONVIOLENT OFFENDERS WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROBLEMS. IN 2018, HUNTER BOUGHT A GUN WHEN HE WAS REGULARLY ABUSING CRACK COCAINE. SOMETHING HE HAS SPOKEN ABOUT PUBLICALLY. THE CRIMINAL CHARGE STEMS FROM BIDEN’S DENIAL OF DRUG USE ON THE GUN PURCHASE DOCUMENTS. THE DENIAL EXPOSED HIM TO THE POTENTIAL CHARGE OF MAKING A FALSE STATEMENT, AS WELL AS ILLEGAL GUN POSSESSION, ONCE HE ACQUIRED THE WEAPON. 

 

PROSECUTORS RECOMMEND 2 YEARS PROBATION

 

IN ALL, PROSECUTORS WOULD RECOMMEND TWO YEARS OF PROBATION AND DIVERSION CONDITIONS, ACCORDING TO THE WASHINGTON POST. IF HE SUCCESSFULLY MEETS THE CONDITIONS, THE GUN CHARGE WOULD BE REMOVED FROM HIS RECORD. 

 

ANY PROPOSED PLEA DEAL WOULD HAVE TO BE APPROVED BY A FEDERAL JUDGE. 

IT’S NOT CLEAR WHEN HUNTER BIDEN, 53, MIGHT APPEAR IN COURT TO ENTER HIS GUILTY PLEA.