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A special counsel will indict Hunter Biden in gun case this month, DOJ says

By the end of the month, federal prosecutors say they will pursue an indictment against President Biden's son Hunter Biden on gun-related charges, according to new court records filed Wednesday.

Following the collapse of a plea agreement negotiated by Hunter Biden and federal prosecutors, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland hired David Weiss as special counsel in the investigation of the president's son.

Garland appoints a special investigator for the Hunter Biden case
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"According to the Speedy Trial Act, the Government must at the very least receive a grand jury's return of an indictment by Friday, September 29, 2023. Before that time, the government plans to ask for the return of an indictment in this matter, according to the document.

The most recent document does not explicitly state what accusations Weiss will make against Hunter Biden.

Hunter Biden was in possession of a pistol in October 2018 while being aware that he was an illegal drug user and addicted to a controlled substance, according to Weiss' office in June.

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When NPR contacted Hunter Biden's lawyers for comment regarding the charge, they did not immediately answer.

Hunter Biden's lawyers said in a court filing on Wednesday that their client had continued to abide by the terms of the weapon diversion arrangement, which required him to stay drug-free and refrain from committing other crimes in order for his gun charge to be dropped.

According to the brief, "Mr. Biden has been and will continue to be in compliance with the terms of that Agreement, which the U.S. Attorney's Office agreed to, signed, and notified the Court on July 20, 2023 that the Probation Office had agreed to and had recommended be put into effect."

In order to avoid prosecution for a weapons charge, Hunter Biden decides to plead guilty in a tax case.
In order to avoid prosecution for a weapons charge, Hunter Biden decides to plead guilty in a tax case.
In relation to his taxes and business transactions, Hunter Biden decided to plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts back in June. Biden was also charged by federal authorities with a felony firearm infraction; nevertheless, he consented to sign a pretrial diversion program, which would have spared him from punishment.

Hunter Biden allegedly failed to pay federal income taxes for the years 2017 or 2018, despite owing more than $100,000 in taxes each year, according to Weiss.

This is a developing story, and further details will be added as they become available.