Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, has reportedly reached a preliminary agreement with federal prosecutors, in which he would plead guilty to tax fraud and acknowledge the facts surrounding a gun charge related to lying on a government form during a firearm purchase. While the gun charge alone could have carried a prison sentence of up to 10 years, it appears that Hunter Biden will likely avoid prison time through this favorable deal.
The federal investigation into Hunter Biden’s activities began in 2018, and the terms of the proposed agreement were negotiated with Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss, who was initially appointed by former President Donald Trump and retained by the Biden administration. Throughout the process, the Biden administration has faced allegations of deliberately delaying and mishandling the case, raising concerns of potential preferential treatment.
According to The Washington Post, the tentative agreement entails Hunter Biden pleading guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges for failure to pay taxes in 2017 and 2018, with a combined liability of approximately $1.2 million. Prosecutors are expected to recommend probation as the sentence for these counts. Hunter Biden’s legal representatives have stated that he has already repaid the owed taxes. Additionally, he plans to admit to unlawfully possessing a weapon following his handgun purchase in 2018. As part of this admission, he anticipates entering a diversion program, a less punitive form of sentencing commonly used for individuals struggling with substance abuse. Prosecutors would recommend two years of probation and diversion conditions, with the gun charge ultimately expunged from his record if he successfully completes the program.
Legal expert [Name redacted] previously suggested that a plea deal was the most likely outcome for Hunter Biden, as it would help contain any damage to the Biden administration. Turley argued that being a first-time offender could result in minimal jail time. The agreement reached aligns with this prediction, raising questions about preferential treatment and contributing to the perception that the Bidens are receiving more favorable treatment in the justice system compared to Donald Trump.
It is important to note that the plea deal still requires approval from a federal judge, and a specific court appearance date for Hunter Biden to enter his guilty plea has yet to be determined. Conservatives continue to scrutinize the case, highlighting concerns about potential political influence and the need for equal treatment under the law, regardless of one’s familial or political connections.