Hunter Biden agrees to plead guilty to failing to pay federal income tax and illegal possession of weapon.
President Joe Biden’s son Hunter has been charged with failing to pay federal income tax and illegally possessing a weapon and has reached an agreement with the Justice Department, according to a letter filed in U.S. District Court in Delaware.
As part of the agreement, made public Tuesday, Hunter Biden will plead guilty to misdemeanor tax offences and is expected to reach an agreement with prosecutors on the felony charge of illegally possessing a firearm as a drug user.
It is somewhat unusual to resolve a federal criminal case at the same time the charges are filed in court, though it is not totally unheard of.
The deal ends a long-running Justice Department investigation into Biden’s second son, who has acknowledged struggling with addiction following the 2015 death of his brother Beau Biden.
It also averts a trial that would have generated days or weeks of distracting headlines for a White House that has strenuously sought to keep its distance from the Justice Department.
The news comes as congressional Republicans pursue their own investigations into nearly every facet of Hunter Biden’s business dealings, including examining foreign payments and other aspects of his finances.
It also comes days after a 37-count indictment came down against former President Donald Trump for mishandling classified documents on his Florida estate, another case with even more dramatic political implications.
The Trump administration opened the probe in 2018, and Republicans have since made it a core part of their political messaging.
After President Biden’s inauguration, Republicans accused the new administration of failing to aggressively pursue the case.
When he took office in 2021, Biden kept on Weiss, a Trump appointee, who conducted the Hunter Biden investigation.
Joe Biden has also faced questions about his son’s business dealings and drug addiction.
Hunter Biden’s counsel Chris Clark said in a statement that it is his understanding that the five-year investigation into his client has ended.
“I know Hunter believes it is important to take responsibility for these mistakes he made during a period of turmoil and addiction in his life. He looks forward to continuing his recovery and moving forward,” Clark said.
David Weiss, the U.S. attorney in Delaware, said in a separate statement that the investigation is continuing.