Hunter Biden Indicted on Firearm Charges
Summary from AllSides News Team
Hunter Biden was indicted Thursday by Special Counsel David Weiss for allegedly lying on a government form and possessing a firearm while being an active user of illegal drugs.
Indictment Details: The indictment contains three charges. Two allege that in 2018, Biden lied on a government form required to purchase a firearm. As stated in the indictment, the form “requires that the prospective purchaser certify truthfully that he or she is not an unlawful user of, or addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance.” Biden has admitted to being an active user of crack cocaine during this period of time. Biden signed this form “when in fact, as he knew, that statement was false and fictitious.” Biden also faces a criminal charge for possessing a firearm while “knowing that he was an unlawful user of and addicted to any stimulant, narcotic drug, and any other controlled substance as defined in Title 21, United States Code, Section 802.”
For Context: Back in June, Biden appeared to reach a plea deal with federal prosecutors in which he agreed to plead guilty to two tax-related charges and participate in a pretrial diversion agreement for the firearm related charges. That plea deal fell apart in July after the two sides failed to reach an understanding on the stipulations of the agreement.
How the Media Covered It: Outlets across the spectrum covered the indictment prominently Thursday, connecting the charges to the impeachment probe launched against President Joe Biden this week.
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From the RightHunter Biden indicted on three counts of illegally possessing a firearm while addicted to drugs
First son Hunter Biden was indicted Thursday by special counsel David Weiss on three counts of illegally possessing a firearm while addicted to drugs.
The charges, which carry up to 10 years in prison, are the first to be filed by Weiss against the 53-year-old in his special counsel role and the first since a plea deal with Hunter’s attorneys collapsed publicly during a July court hearing.
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From the CenterHunter Biden Indicted on Gun Charges
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Hunter Biden was indicted Thursday on federal firearms charges, the latest and weightiest step yet in a long-running investigation into the president’s son.
Biden is accused of lying about his drug use when he bought a firearm in October 2018, a period when he has acknowledged struggling with addiction to crack cocaine, according to the indictment filed in federal court in Delaware.
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