A grand jury has indicted Hunter Biden on three federal gun crimes for lying on a 2018 gun application about his drug addiction. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
The charges, filed by Special Counsel David Weiss, come after Hunter’s plea deal fell apart back in July. Thursday’s indictment did not include any tax charges, which were also part of the voided plea deal. But Weiss suggests those could come at a later date.
The indictment is causing frustration on both sides of the aisle. Hunter’s attorneys say the renewed charges are only being brought thanks to Republican pressure on the DOJ. But a number of Republicans aren’t happy either.
GOP Presidential Candidate Vivek Ramaswamy called the indictment “smokescreen” to distract from Republicans’ ongoing investigation into the Biden family’s foreign business dealings. This claim was echoed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
The indictment comes at a chaotic time for the Biden administration. Just a few days prior, Republicans launched their impeachment inquiry into the president.