WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors are planning to indict President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, by the end of September, at the earliest, according to court documents obtained by The Associated Press that were filed on Wednesday.
The exact charges that Hunter Biden would be facing are not clear. According to the AP, it appears the charges are related to a gun possession charge. Hunter Biden has also been under investigation by federal prosecutors in relation to his “business dealings.”
U.S. Attorney David Weiss referred to the new indictment in a status report which was required by Judge Maryellen Noreika, the AP reported.
The new court filing comes six weeks after a plea deal for Biden to resolve tax and weapon charges fell apart, according to CNBC. Biden did not plead guilty to two counts of failure to pay federal income taxes on income of over $1.5 million a year in 2017 and in 2018, which was part of the original deal. Instead, he pleaded not guilty to those tax charges.
“The Speedy Trial Act requires that the Government obtain the return of an indictment by a grand jury by Friday, September 29, 2023, at the earliest. The Government intends to seek the return of an indictment in this case before that date,” the special counsel’s office said in a court filing, obtained by CNN.
Hunter Biden’s lawyers are expected to submit their own court filing by the end of the day Wednesday, according to CNN.
“We expect a fair resolution of the sprawling, 5-year investigation into Mr. Biden that was based on the evidence and the law, not outside political pressure, and we’ll do what is necessary on behalf of Mr. Biden to achieve that,” Hunter Biden’s defense attorney Abbe Lowell said in a statement obtained by the AP.
Attorney General Merrick Garland announced at the beginning of August that Weiss would be serving as special counsel in the investigation into Hunter Biden.