Prosecutors aim to indict US president’s son Hunter Biden ‘by the end of the month’

By Kit Heren @yung_chuvak

Prosecutors intend to seek an indictment for Hunter Biden, the son of the US president, by the end of September.

What he could be charged with remains unclear, but it may relate to an accusation of having a gun while being a drug user.

A court filing made by the US attorney for Delaware, where he would be indicted, said: “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.”

Defence lawyers for the younger Biden, who has had well-documented drug issues, has kept to the terms of an agreement sparing him from prosecution on a felony gun charge if he stays clean and out of trouble.

That agreement, which also contains an immunity clause against federal prosecutions for some other potential crimes, was part of a plea deal on misdemeanour tax offences that fell apart during a court appearance in July. Defence lawyers argue it remains in force.

News of an possible new indictment comes as Republicans are preparing for a likely impeachment inquiry of President Biden over claims that he played a role in his son’s foreign business affairs during his time as vice president.

“If you look at all the information, we have been able to gather so far, it is a natural step forward that you would have to go to an impeachment inquiry,” House speaker Kevin McCarthy said recently.

The younger Biden has been the target of congressional investigations since Republicans gained control of the House in January, with lawmakers obtaining thousands of pages of financial records from various members of the Biden family through subpoenas to the Treasury Department and various financial institutions.

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