Wilmington, Del. — President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, has encountered a setback in his plea deal on two tax charges. The federal judge presiding over his case raised concerns regarding a separate agreement involving a more serious gun-possession charge.
This development temporarily leaves open the ongoing investigation into Hunter Biden’s business dealings. He faced two misdemeanor tax crimes for failing to pay over $100,000 in taxes on an income exceeding $1.5 million in both 2017 and 2018. Initially, prosecutors had agreed to recommend two years of probation as part of the plea deal.
Context: Hunter Biden’s Court Appearance for Anticipated Guilty Plea
However, last month, Biden faced a felony charge for possessing a firearm while being a known drug user. In October 2018, he possessed a Colt Cobra .38 Special for 11 days. To avoid a guilty plea, he entered into a diversion agreement. This agreement stated that if he adhered to its terms, the charge would be expunged from his record. Failure to comply, however, would result in the withdrawal of the deal. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
U.S. District Court Judge Maryellen Noreika, appointed by President Donald Trump, expressed misgivings about the language used in the diversion agreement. She suggested that the attorneys reconvene and address these concerns.
“I believe it would be wise for you all to continue the discussion,” she remarked.