As House Republicans focus on an impeachment of his father and attempt to link both Bidens to various criminal enterprises, Hunter Biden has now entered a not guilty plea to allegations of concealing drug use when purchasing a firearm on Tuesday.
This began a fight to defeat a Justice Department indictment.
Following the collapse of an initial plea agreement in the case, Biden will now appear in court in Delaware after the judge declined his request to attend by video conference.first time in a long time.
Biden was charged by special counsel David Weiss, who is also the U.S. attorney for Delaware, with two counts of failing to disclose drug usage when attempting to purchase a handgun and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm when addicted to a controlled substance.
The most serious offenses are punishable by up to 10 years in jail and fines of up to $250,000.
It’s a stark departure from the plea agreement that was abandoned and called for Biden to enroll in a diversion program.
Prosecutors are still debating whether to press charges for the tax violations that were originally included in the arrangement.
Abbe Lowell, the defense counsel for Biden, announced during the arraignment that he intended to file a motion to dismiss the charges, questioning the legality of a rule prohibiting gun ownership by drug users.
The younger Biden is attempting to claim that the charges against him go against the Second Amendment.
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