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Hunter Biden expected to plead not guilty to charges he lied about his drug addiction when he bought a gun
Hunter Biden, 53, will appear in court Tuesday and is expected to plead not guilty to lying about his drug use when buying a handgun.
It comes after a plea deal fell apart this summer that would see President Joe Biden’s son plead guilty to tax charges and lying about the drug use in order to avoid jail time.
The case is the first-ever criminal prosecution of a sitting U.S. president’s child.
Hunter was charged last month by U.S. Special Counsel David Weiss with three felony charges related.
In 2018 Hunter checked on a federal firearm form that he was not addicted to or using any illicit substances at the time of purchasing a Colt Cobra handgun.
Hunter Biden, 53, will appear in court Tuesday and is expected to plead not guilty to three felony charges related to lying on a federal form about his drug use to purchase a firearm
Hunter Biden arrived at LAX on Monday to depart for Wilmington, Delaware for his court appearance the following day. The case Tuesday is the first-ever criminal prosecution of a sitting president’s child
His own book, however, provides insight into the drug addiction and the timeline provided shows that the president’s adult son was using drugs in 2018.
An agreement to resolve the gun charges and separate tax charges unraveled in July when U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika in Wilmington, Delaware refused to accept it.
Under that deal, Hunter agreed to plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax violations for lighter sentencing and would also see that he avoid punishment on the gun charges – as long as he did not possess a firearm and refrained from using alcohol and illegal drugs for two years.
Hunter’s lawyers accuse prosecutors of breaking the agreement, insisting in court filings that they believe it remains in effect and their recovering addict client continues to comply with it.
DailyMail.com obtained images of Hunter Biden arriving at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday to depart for Wilmington, Delaware for the court appearance the day following.
In his 2021 memoir Beautiful Things, Hunter describes he relapsed in his addiction recovery in 2018 – the same year that he purchased the firearm. He wrote about being in Los Angeles at the time and using ‘my superpower’ to ‘find crack anytime, anywhere’ from dangerous characters.
He claimed that he didn’t have regard for his life at the time, and wasn’t concerned with whether someone would pull a gun on him or try to rob him.
The above form shows Hunter Biden checked ‘no’ when asked if he is ‘an unlawful user of, or addicted to’ a controlled substance. But the president’s son detailed in his own book that he ha da relapse in 2018 – the same year he purchased the firearm