Hunter Biden indicted on false statement, gun charges

President Joe Biden’s son was indicted Thursday for allegedly making false statements and illegally possessing a handgun — setting the stage for a possible criminal trial for the Hunter Biden in 2024 while his father campaigns for reelection.

The felony charges follow the collapse in July of a plea deal that lawyers for Hunter Biden had negotiated with Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss, in which the defendant would have pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor tax violations while admitting to illegal possession of a gun but not actually pleading guilty to that felony offense.

A separate Hunter Biden indictment on tax charges is also possible, though the timing was unclear, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Thursday’s indictment marks another tremor in what has already been a tumultuous 2024 presidential campaign.

Environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and author Marianne Williamson have been struggling to get attention from the media as Biden’s political establishment allies have cheated on scheduling primary elections, holding debates, and myriad other aspects of the nomination process.

A majority of Democrats have expressed a desire for someone else to lead the party in November but owning to Kennedy’s pledge to ban direct to consumer pharmaceutical advertising, which would cost media companies $8 billion, most broadcast channels are ignoring or overtly disparaging the challengers.

The current front-runner for the Republican nomination, disgraced former president Donald Trump, is facing four separate indictments on a host of various allegations, including two federal and two state charges, and could also find himself on trial before the next presidential election.

Polls indicate Trump’s lead over his Republican rivals has only grown with his indictments in New York, Florida, D.C. and Georgia.

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Republicans have repeatedly tried to link Biden to his son’s legal and tax troubles, accusing the first family of corruption and the Biden administration of stonewalling the investigation.

The Republican claims are a key element of the impeachment inquiry of the president that the House launched Tuesday.

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