In yet another dramatic twist to the Biden family saga, Hunter Biden, the ever-controversial son of President Joe Biden, is gearing up to plead ‘not guilty’ to three criminal charges. These charges, unsurprisingly, revolve around allegations of illegal firearm possession during his alleged addiction to controlled substances. It seems the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in the Biden family.
In a somewhat predictable move, Hunter’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, has stated that his client will enter this plea. He’s even requested that the initial court appearance be conducted remotely, perhaps to avoid the public spectacle that would inevitably ensue. Last week, Hunter was indicted on three counts, all tied to accusations of deceitful statements to a gun dealer and drug-induced firearm possession. The prodigal son could be behind bars for 25 years if found guilty on all counts. But who’s counting?
In a letter dripping with irony, Lowell mentioned that Hunter wishes to waive the reading of the indictment, which could quickly be done via video conference. He emphasized that Hunter, despite being the President’s son, isn’t seeking any “special treatment.” One might wonder if this is a new leaf for the Biden family or another tactic in their playbook.
The charges against Hunter aren’t exactly fresh news. They trace back to 2018, centered around his purchase and possession of a handgun. The indictment claims that Hunter, in a bold act of dishonesty, provided false information when buying a firearm in October 2018. It alleges that he falsely certified he wasn’t unlawfully using or addicted to any controlled substance. But given the Biden family’s track record, can we be shocked?
The most severe charges carry penalties of 10 years in prison, hefty fines, and supervised release. But Lowell, ever the optimist, believes these charges are politically motivated and will be dismissed. In a recent interview, he outlined a three-pronged defense strategy, which might be another smokescreen given the Biden family’s history.
Previously, Hunter had agreed to a diversion agreement for the gun charge, which would’ve allowed him to dodge a criminal trial. But even this “sweetheart deal” fell apart in court. In a statement, Hunter admitted to using crack and powder cocaine from 2016 through May 2019. He also confessed to buying a firearm in October 2018, falsely claiming he wasn’t using or addicted to illegal drugs. The gun was later discarded outside a Delaware supermarket. But with the Bidens, there’s always more to the story.
Lowell vaguely hinted at their defense strategy in his interview without revealing any concrete evidence. He also questioned the constitutionality of the criminal statutes in the indictment. But with the Biden name attached, who knows what legal gymnastics will ensue?
Democrats, ever the loyalists, believe Hunter’s indictment could tarnish President Biden’s image. But Republicans, led by House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer, think this is just the tip of the iceberg. Comer lamented that more charges weren’t brought against Hunter, listing potential allegations like tax evasion, money laundering, and violations of the Foreign Registration Act.
This indictment follows the recent move by House Republicans to initiate an impeachment inquiry into President Biden concerning Hunter’s foreign business dealings. The House Oversight Committee has even released evidence linking President Biden to his son’s questionable business affairs.
The Hunter Biden saga continues to unfold, casting shadows over the Biden legacy. Only time will tell how this chapter in the Biden family drama concludes. But the spotlight remains firmly on Hunter and his questionable choices.