Hunter Biden plans to plead NOT GUILTY to charge that he lied about his drug addiction when he bought a gun
Hunter Biden plans to plead not guilty to federal weapons charges, according to a new court filing.
Tuesday’s filing also said the president’s son is requesting his first court appearance be held remotely, via video conference.
Last week, Hunter was indicted on three counts after allegedly lying about his crack cocaine addiction when he bought a gun in 2018. He faces a prison sentence of up to 25 years.
If the president’s son doesn’t strike a new plea deal with special counsel David Weiss’ prosecutors, he will face a jury trial, which would mean a huge political liability for his father Joe Biden’s 2024 reelection bid.
Hunter Biden plans to plead not guilty to federal gun charges
Attorney Abbe Lowell wrote in a letter to Judge Christopher Burke on Tuesday that Hunter will plead not guilty to the three charges.
He added that Hunter “is not seeking special treatment” in filing the request for the first remote appearance.
“He has been and will be present at any procedure requiring his physical appearance.”
‘Mr. “Biden will also plead not guilty, and there is no reason why he cannot utter those two words by video conference,” the letter continues.
“In short, Mr. Biden is confident that his constitutional rights will be met by conducting his first appearance by videoconference.”
According to the indictment made public last week, Hunter lied about his drug use when he bought a gun in 2018.
The First Son purchased a .38 Colt Cobra pistol in Delaware, a state where every buyer must answer a series of questions before he can get his hands on a gun.
One of the 2018 applications asks whether the applicant uses drugs or is addicted to them. The box is clearly marked ‘no’.
Hunter has admitted he was addicted to crack cocaine at the time he bought the gun.
Video discovered on Hunter’s laptop shows him naked and brandishing a gun in a hotel room in 2018, reportedly five days after he purchased the gun.
About two weeks later, Hallie Biden, the widow of his lover and brother, found it “open” in his truck and threw it in the grocery store trash. Its discovery led to a police investigation.
Additionally, now-President Biden sounded close to tears in the voicemail left on Hunter’s abandoned laptop on Oct. 15 — three days after Hunter bought the gun and lied about his drug addiction — pleading with him for help.
‘It’s Dad. I called to tell you I love you. I love you more than the whole world buddy,” Joe said in the Oct. 15 post. ‘You have to get help. I know you don’t know what to do, and neither do I.”
He faces a maximum prison sentence of 25 years if convicted on all counts and could be fined up to $250,000.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has ruled out President Biden pardoning Hunter.
In photos recovered from his abandoned laptop, Hunter Biden is shown with a gun in his hand
Hunter faces a maximum prison sentence of 25 years if convicted on all counts
Hunter has admitted he was addicted to crack cocaine at the time he bought the gun
The White House is not commenting on the new charges for the president’s son, and Biden joked last week that he would be “in trouble” if he answered press questions at the end of an economic speech.
Earlier this summer, Weiss’ team reached a plea deal that spared the president’s son from serving a prison sentence for the alleged gun crime as well as two tax crimes.
Republicans quickly labeled it a “cute deal” designed to protect Joe.
However, the plea deal fell apart in spectacular fashion in court in July, leaving Hunter facing new charges.
Judge Maryellen Noreika questioned the “diversion” of Hunter’s plea deal — a clause that gave him blanket immunity from a wide range of other possible charges, including illegal foreign lobbying — nullifying the deal.