Following Hunter Biden’s plea agreement with federal prosecutors last week, former President Donald Trump could indirectly have some influence over what ultimately transpires with the first son.
Biden arranged to plead guilty to two tax-related misdemeanors and an unlawful gun purchase charge, the latter of which is typically a felony. Others who have committed similar crimes, in this instance providing false information on a federal background check form, have been sentenced to time in prison.
The transactions were facilitated by Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss, whose office stated that an investigation into Biden’s firearms purchase is ongoing. Weiss stated in a statement that “between approximately October 12, 2018 and October 23, 2018, Hunter Biden possessed a firearm despite his knowledge that he was an illegal user and addict of a controlled substance.”
Biden neglected to pay income tax on approximately $1.5 million per year in 2017 and 2018. CNN reported earlier this week that Biden is expected to plead guilty to the allegations at some point.
“Hunter will take responsibility for two instances of misdemeanor failure to file tax payments when due pursuant to a plea agreement,” his attorney, Chris Clark, said.
“A firearm charge, which will be subject to a pretrial diversion agreement and will not be the subject of the plea agreement, will also be filed by the Government,” Clark noted further, adding that Hunter Biden “believes it is important to take responsibility” for mistakes he said were “made during a period of turmoil and addiction in his life.”
A “pretrial diversion agreement” means Biden isn’t likely to face jail time at all and may only get probation. The plea agreement for the tax charges is also highly controversial, and it all now goes before Judge Maryellen Noreika of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, whom Trump appointed in December 2017. The Senate confirmed her in August 2018.
The judge has ordered the president’s son to appear in court on July 26, according to ABC News. The judge will then determine whether or not to accept his plea agreement with the Department of Justice.
Additionally, the publication noted that she has contributed to candidates from both main political parties. They consist of the late John McCain, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton, and Hillary Clinton.
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