Hunter Biden indicted on firearms charges

Hunter Biden indicted on firearms charges

Hunter Biden arrives at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base after disembarking from Air Force One with his father, U.S. President Joe Biden, in Syracuse, New York, Feb. 4, 2023.

Elizabeth Frantz | Reuters

Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, was indicted Thursday on three criminal counts related to his possession of a firearm, a court filing showed.

The charges in U.S. District Court in Delaware came weeks after the unexpected collapse of a deal with federal prosecutors.

The White House and an attorney for Hunter Biden did not respond to an initial request for comment.

The 53-year-old son of the sitting president had appeared in federal court in July with the intention of pleading guilty to misdemeanor criminal tax charges.

His attorneys had reached a separate pretrial diversion agreement with prosecutors on an unrelated firearms charge.

But the plan fell apart after the presiding judge probed the prosecutor and Biden’s attorney about the details of the agreement.

Earlier in September, U.S. attorney David Weiss, who had been appointed special counsel in Hunter Biden’s case by Attorney General Merrick Garland, signaled that prosecutors would file an indictment by the end of the month.

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CNBC’s Brian Schwartz contributed to this report.

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