Hunter Biden, son of President Biden, was charged on Thursday with federal firearm offenses, as indicated by court documents. He faces three separate charges, with one relating to giving a false statement during a firearm purchase. This particular charge could lead to a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, and three years of supervised release.
Another charge, associated with providing inaccurate information required by a federal firearms licensee, holds potential penalties of up to five years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release.
The documents indicate that the third charge against Hunter Biden is for possessing a firearm while being an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance. This offense can result in up to 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, and three years under supervised release.
In total, the charges could lead to a potential 25 years in prison and fines up to $750,000. The investigation has been overseen by Special Counsel David Weiss, who was appointed during Donald Trump's tenure.
Hunter Biden faces these charges after a previous plea deal fell through in July. Initially, he was set to admit guilt on two misdemeanor counts related to neglecting to pay federal income tax. This was in exchange for avoiding incarceration concerning a felony firearm charge.
This recent development emerges amidst an ongoing impeachment inquiry against President Biden. Earlier this week, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy stated that House Republicans have found "substantial and credible claims regarding President Biden's actions," which will form the foundation of the impeachment investigation.
"Today, I am directing our House committees to open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe," McCarthy announced in a statement at the Capitol Tuesday. "This logical next step will give our committees the full power to gather all the facts and answers for the American public."
In a statement acquired by Fox News Digital, Hunter's attorney sharply criticized the "MAGA Republicans" improper and partisan interference in this process.
"As expected, prosecutors filed charges today that they deemed were not warranted just six weeks ago following a five-year investigation into this case," Hunter Biden's lawyer Abbe Lowell said. "The evidence in this matter has not changed in the last six weeks, but the law has and so has MAGA Republicans’ improper and partisan interference in this process."
"Hunter Biden possessing an unloaded gun for 11 day was not a threat to public safety, but a prosecutor, with all the power imaginable, bending to political pressure presents a grave threat to our system of justice," he continued. "We believe these charges are barred by the agreement the prosecutors made with Mr. Biden, the recent rulings by several federal courts that this statute is unconstitutional, and the facts that he did not violate that law, and we plan to demonstrate all of that in court."
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