President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden has struck a deal with the U.S. Attorney of Delaware in which he is expected to plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges for failing to pay federal income tax, according to a court document filed Tuesday.
Hunter Biden also faces a felony charge for the illegal possession of a firearm while being addicted to controlled substances, which will be subject to the conditions of a separate pretrial deal.
The Trump-appointed U.S. Attorney of Delaware David Weiss, author of the letter outlining the plea agreement, was kept on the Hunter Biden investigation by President Biden’s Justice Department in order to avoid the President having his own appointed prosecutor lead his son’s criminal investigation.
“With the announcement of two agreements between my client, Hunter Biden, and the Unites States Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware, it is my understanding that the five-year investigation into Hunter is resolved,” said Chris Clark, attorney for Hunter Biden, in a statement to NBC News.
“Hunter will take responsibility for two instances of misdemeanor failure to file tax payments when due pursuant to a plea agreement. 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 said.
“I know Hunter believes it is important to take responsibility for these mistakes he made during a period of turmoil and addiction in his life. He looks forward to continuing his recovery and moving forward,” he added.
The pretrial diversion agreement in relation to the firearm charge indicates that the felony gun possession charge will be dropped if Hunter Biden meets certain conditions, such as not committing a crime for a given amount of time.
Without such an agreement, the felony gun possession charge would carry a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
The letter from Weiss states that the specifics of the pretrial agreement will be submitted at or in advance of Biden’s hearing.
Since failing to file tax payments in 2017 and 2018, the years of the two federal misdemeanor charges, Hunter Biden has paid his outstanding taxes and will likely receive probation and avoid jail time.
The plea deal awaits approval by a Federal Judge at the time of Biden’s arraignment, which is expected to occur within the next several weeks.
The President’s son reached an agreement with the Justice Department just a week after former President Donald Trump was arraigned in Miami’s Federal Court on 37 counts related to his handling of classified documents.
This news also comes as the Republican-led House Oversight Committee is pursuing multiple probes into Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings, including an alleged multi-million dollar bribery scheme involving his then-Vice President father and the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma.