Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, has just reached a deal with the federal prosecutors in order to settle a five-year investigation into his failure to pay around $1 million in federal taxes and his purchase of a handgun in 2018.
According to a filing in federal court in Delaware, Hunter Biden will be pleading guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges as part of the agreement. He has also been charged with possessing a firearm while using illegal drugs, which is a felony. However, prosecutors have agreed to dismiss this particular charge if he successfully completes a two-year probationary period.
Considering compliance with release conditions, it is unlikely that Hunter Biden, 53, will serve prison time. The deal, pending approval from a federal judge, recommends probation for him.
The investigation was overseen by U.S. Attorney for Delaware David Weiss, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump and allowed to continue his role after President Joe Biden took office in order to conclude the investigation involving the president's son. Both the White House and the Justice Department have affirmed that they did not interfere with Weiss' investigation.
Hunter Biden's attorney, Christopher Clark, stated, "It is my understanding that the five-year investigation into Hunter is resolved. 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."
A source familiar with the negotiations mentioned that the plea agreement aims to comprehensively resolve Hunter Biden's potential legal obligations concerning all matters investigated by federal authorities. These matters encompass allegations made by Republicans in recent years, suggesting corruption or violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act related to his business dealings and his position on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.
According to the involved individual, speaking anonymously to discuss private legal discussions, "This is the end of it."