Hunter Biden, son of current U.S. President Joe Biden, was formally charged this Thursday with three counts related to the illegal purchase and possession of firearms. Given his history of addictions, owning firearms under his circumstances is illegal.
He is accused of lying on the form he filled out to purchase a .38 caliber revolver in October 2018. Specifically, he denied being a regular consumer of drugs or alcohol, according to the indictment signed by the U.S. Attorney for Delaware, David Weiss.
Hunter, 53, is facing charges for making a false statement in connection with the acquisition of a firearm; possessing a firearm while being an illegal addict to controlled substances; and transferring a firearm to an unauthorized individual.
U.S. President’s Son Faces Legal Scrutiny
Each of these offenses could result in a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
The weapon in question was discovered by authorities in a trash bin near the residence of his ex-girlfriend, Hallie Biden, widow of his brother Beau Biden, who passed away in 2015. Alongside the weapon, police found ammunition and two driver’s licenses bearing Hunter’s name.
Hunter pleaded not guilty and was released on bail, awaiting the start of the trial, the date of which has not yet been announced.
This charge marks the first time a sitting U.S. president’s child has been prosecuted in U.S. history, generating fresh scandal for the Biden family and fueling criticism from their political adversaries.
It’s well-known that Hunter Biden has publicly grappled with addiction issues to drugs and alcohol, leading him to check into several rehabilitation centers.
Additionally, he is under investigation for his overseas business dealings, especially in Ukraine and China, where suspicions arise that he might have leveraged his political influence for personal gain.
With information from The Hill