Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, is scheduled to appear in federal court on Wednesday to plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges. The plea deal, which was reached in June, would allow Hunter Biden to avoid prosecution on a felony gun charge.
The charges against Hunter Biden stem from a five-year investigation by the Justice Department into his tax filings and business dealings. Prosecutors allege that Hunter Biden failed to pay more than $200,000 in federal income taxes for 2017 and 2018. They also allege that he possessed a gun in Delaware in 2018 while he was a drug user.
Under the terms of the plea deal, Hunter Biden will plead guilty to two counts of willfully failing to file tax returns. He will also enter a pretrial diversion program, which will require him to pay back the taxes he owes, undergo drug testing, and complete community service.
The plea deal is a significant development in the long-running investigation into Hunter Biden. It is likely to end the criminal probe, but it is unclear whether it will put to rest the political questions that have been raised about Hunter Biden's business dealings.
To learn more about Hunter's Plea Deal read this article from Fox News. An excerpt of the article has been copied below:
“Despite owing in excess of $100,000 in federal income taxes each year, he did not pay the income tax due for either year,” the U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware David C. Weiss’ office said upon announcing the charges last month. “According to the firearm Information, from on or about October 12, 2018 through October 23, 2018, Hunter Biden possessed a firearm despite knowing he was an unlawful user of and addicted to a controlled substance.”
Weiss' office said if convicted, Hunter Biden faces a maximum penalty of 12 months in prison on each of the tax charges – a total of two years. There is a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison on the firearm charge for which he agreed to a pretrial diversion program.
Such programs according to the DOJ website, “divert certain offenders from traditional criminal justice processing into alternative systems of supervision and service” such as mental health or substance abuse treatment. Those who successfully complete diversion programs, the DOJ says, can see “declination of charges, dismissal or reduction of charges, or a more favorable recommendation at sentencing.”