The plea agreement involving Hunter Biden has collapsed.
BREAKING: Hunter Biden’s plea deal just fell apart in court due to investigations that are still on going into potential FARA violations. pic.twitter.com/wn6qoXGMSD
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) July 26, 2023
President Joe Biden’s son had previously been expected to plead guilty to two tax misdemeanors however, the prosecutors and defense have both confirmed that there is no longer a deal in place.
According to CNN reporter Kara Scannell: “Hunter’s attorneys said the plea agreement as they understand it is now null and void.”
“The deal appears to be dead and off the table…one thing we’ve learned is that this investigation very much is still ongoing.”
JUST IN: Hunter Biden plea deal has fallen apart
From CNN’s Tierney Sneed, Marshall Cohen, Kara Scannell, Holmes Lybrand
There is no Hunter Biden plea deal, according to the prosecutors and the defense.
President Joe Biden’s son had been expected to plead guilty to two tax misdemeanors.
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#BREAKING: The Hunter Biden plea deal is DEAD after the judge expressed MAJOR concerns about the pretrial diversion program for Hunter’s felony gun charge that would wipe out additional tax charges. pic.twitter.com/jJ63SwUHCm
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) July 26, 2023
During the trial this morning, U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika pressed lawyers as to the details of the agreement reached between Hunter Biden and U.S. Attorney David Weiss of Delaware concerning his tax violations and separate felony gun charge.
Weiss’s office stated that Biden had received taxable income in excess of $1,500,000 annually in 2017 and 2018 but did not pay the federal income taxes due for either year.
The original agreement included prosecutors recommending probation for these violations while dropping the separate gun charge if he were to meet certain conditions set out in court.
Hunter was charged with possession of a firearm by a person who is a known drug user, a felony. He agreed to enter into a diversion agreement, which means that he would not technically plead guilty to the crime. As long as he adhered to the terms of his agreement, the case would be wiped from his record. If not, the deal would be withdrawn and he would face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
However, confusion arose during the proceedings.