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Hunter Biden will plead guilty to two tax crimes and admit the facts of a gun charge in a plea deal with federal prosecutors, according to a new report.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Hunter, who has been facing a multi-year investigation by officials, negotiated a deal with Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss. Hunter will plead guilty to failing to pay about $100,000 in taxes for 2017 and for failing to pay a similar amount for 2018. The tax charges Hunter faces are misdemeanors.
He is expected to not face any jail time and to be given two years of probation.
The 53-year-old will also reportedly enter a diversion program upon admitting the illegal purchase of a firearm in 2018. The gun charge could be revoked from his record upon completion of the diversion program, according to sources who spoke with the Post.
“The defendant has agreed to plead guilty to both counts of the tax Information,” the prosecutors said in a letter sent Tuesday. “The defendant has agreed to enter a Pretrial Diversion Agreement with respect to the firearm Information.”
The gun purchase would be illegal because he was on drugs at the time of the incident. Biden faced a five-year investigation into his taxes and gun purchase from federal prosecutors, FBI agents, and IRS investigators.
“With the announcement of two agreements between my client, Hunter Biden, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware, it is my understanding that the five-year investigation into Hunter is resolved,” lawyer Chris Clark told NBC.
“Hunter will take responsibility for two instances of misdemeanor failure to file tax payments when due pursuant to a plea agreement. A firearm charge, which will be subject to a pretrial diversion agreement and will not be the subject of the plea agreement, will also be filed by the Government. 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 added.
Previous reports had indicated that Hunter Biden’s tax liability was paid for by high-powered Hollywood lawyer Kevin Morris. Morris reportedly foot the bill for over $2 million of Biden’s taxes and worked with him on his art career.
Joe and Jill Biden reacted to the news, saying that they supported their son. “The President and First Lady love their son and support him as he continues to rebuild his life. We will have no further comment,” a statement from White House spokesman Ian Sams said.
The plea deal was criticized by conservatives, who argue that Hunter Biden was getting special treatment because he was the president’s son.
House Oversight and Accountability Committee chairman James Comer (R-KY) blasted the deal, calling it a “slap on the wrist.”
“Hunter Biden is getting away with a slap on the wrist when growing evidence uncovered by the House Oversight Committee reveals the Bidens engaged in a pattern of corruption, influence peddling, and possibly bribery,” Comer said. “These charges against Hunter Biden and sweetheart plea deal have no impact on the Oversight Committee’s investigation. We will not rest until the full extent of President Biden’s involvement in the family’s schemes are revealed.”
Brett Tolman, the former U.S. Attorney for Utah, also decried the deal.
“DOJ is violating its own internal policies on this case. The Ashcroft Memo requires they charge the ‘highest provable offense’ and seek consistent sentences with other cases brought by DOJ. This prosecution is an absolute laughable joke. Thousands have been sent to prison for long terms for the same charges,” Tolman said.
“They are ignoring decades of policy and precedent to seek felonies not misdemeanors and seek sentences within the guideline range. The diversion agreement on the felony is offensive to everyone not politically connected who sought diversions and were literally laughed at by DOJ,” he added.
The reported deal comes as Hunter, and his father, President Joe Biden, have been facing inquiries from Republican lawmakers over an alleged $5 million bribery scheme involving Ukraine.
The allegation is contained in an FD-1023 form that the FBI created based on an interview they conducted with the FBI confidential human source in June 2020. The confidential source has been “consistently reviewed by the FBI” and has been “found to be highly credible.”
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.