WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Hunter Biden, the son of former US President Joe Biden, is expected to enter a guilty plea for two misdemeanor tax offenses and may participate in a pretrial diversion program for a felony firearms offense, as part of a deal in a US court.
Last month, US Attorney for the District of Delaware David Weiss disclosed that Biden had agreed to plead guilty to the two tax offenses as part of a comprehensive agreement to resolve all three charges.
Biden’s court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. EST (2:00 p.m. GMT) at the US District Court for the District of Delaware, where he will undergo an initial appearance and a change of plea hearing.
The tax charges carry maximum sentences of one year in prison each, while the firearm charge carries up to 10 years. Biden is not expected to face any jail time under the plea agreement, although a judge will have the final say.
The proposed deal is related to a five-year investigation conducted by the Justice Department into Biden’s activities. Although the plea agreement was announced, the Justice Department clarified that their probe into Biden’s actions remains ongoing.
The Bidens, Hunter, and Joe, are also subjects of investigations by the US House, which is looking into alleged criminal conduct by the president’s family, including a supposed foreign bribery scheme involving the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.
Despite the tentative plea agreement with the Justice Department, the US House Oversight Committee is continuing its investigations into the Bidens. Chairman James Comer expressed dissatisfaction with the agreement, calling it a “sweetheart deal” and a “slap on the wrist.”
However, US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) whistleblowers also told lawmakers this month that their own probe into Hunter Biden’s receipt of foreign money was hindered by the Justice Department.
The IRS whistleblowers said they uncovered evidence supporting felony tax evasion charges against Biden, although he was only ultimately charged with misdemeanor offenses.
Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden have said in response to the situation that they “love their son” and will continue to support him in life.
The deal faced criticism from former US President Donald Trump, who has frequently claimed that the US justice system is biased in favor of the Biden administration.
Earlier this month, FBI Director Christopher Wray reassured lawmakers that the agency is not providing protection to the Biden family.