Last week, Hunter Biden was charged with three counts related to possession of a firearm while under the influence of narcotics. He is requesting to hold his initial court hearing by video instead of in person, according to the filing.
“Mr. Biden will also plead not guilty and there is no reason why he cannot say those two words via video conference,” Biden’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, said in a letter to Judge Christopher J. Burke.
The first two counts of the indictment allege that on October 12, 2018, Biden “provided a written statement on Form 4473 certifying that he was not an unlawful user of or addicted to any stimulant, narcotic, or any other controlled substance. when in reality, as he knew, that statement was false and fictitious.”
A third charge accused Biden of unlawful possession of a firearm between “October 12, 2018 and on or about October 23, 2018,” while “knowing that he was an unlawful user and addict of any stimulant, narcotic drug and any other controlled drug.” substance.”
Earlier this month, the special prosecutor David Weiss indicated that he was preparing to indict Biden on charges related to illegal gun possession. Weiss was appointed special prosecutor after a D.C. judge rejected a plea deal that would have allowed Biden to plead guilty to misdemeanors related to his taxes and possession of the gun.
In 2018, the Department of Justice opened an investigation into Hunter Biden’s finances amid money laundering allegations. Ultimately, the FBI could find no evidence that Biden had engaged in money laundering and the case became an investigation into Biden’s tax history. More Biden tax-related charges is still a possibility.
Hunter Biden has long been the focus of Republican efforts to dig up dirt on President Biden. Three separate congressional committees are currently investigating the younger Biden in hopes of proving corruption allegations against the president. Both the House Judiciary Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee alleged that the Biden administration had improperly interfered with the IRS and Department of Justice investigation into Hunter Biden to secure a favorable deal for him.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy previously announced he would take steps to open a impeachment inquiry to President Biden. The investigation will be led by James Comer (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, who has been investigating Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings since 2022.
This article was updated at 7:54 pm on September 19 to include Hunter Biden’s plan to plead not guilty.