Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, has reached a deal with the Justice Department regarding his federal tax and gun case. As part of the agreement, Hunter Biden will plead guilty to misdemeanor tax offenses while avoiding prosecution on a felony charge of illegally possessing a firearm as a drug user.
The deal allows him to avoid time behind bars but requires him to adhere to certain conditions set by prosecutors. The resolution of the case brings an end to a long-running investigation into Hunter Biden, who has struggled with addiction.
While the deal requires him to admit guilt, it is narrowly focused on tax and weapons violations and is not tied to the Democratic president. Former President Donald Trump and other Republicans have criticized the agreement, using it as an opportunity to raise questions about the independence of the Biden Justice Department.
The deal is expected to recommend probation for the tax charges, and the gun charge may be wiped from Hunter Biden’s record if he complies with the terms of the agreement. The resolution of this case comes at a time when the Justice Department is pursuing charges against former President Trump, which has led to criticism of the department’s politicization.
The investigation into Hunter Biden’s case became public in December 2020, and since then, a federal grand jury has heard testimony related to his taxes and foreign business transactions. Hunter Biden’s involvement with the Ukrainian gas company Burisma has been a topic of controversy, but no evidence has been found to support claims of wrongdoing.