Two counts are associated with paperwork the First Son filled out stating that he was not using illegal drugs when he bought the revolver in 2018. The third count alleged his possession of the weapon while on drugs. The government paperwork Biden filled out at the time of purchase shared "that he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, and any other controlled substance, when in fact, as he knew, that statement was false and fictitious.”
As OK! previously reported, the gun charges had previously been a part of a plea deal, which abruptly fell through at the end of July. The negotiation between the high profile son and the prosecutors allegedly began to crumble after Judge Maryellen Noreika questioned the extent of the immunity deal Hunter was requesting, particularly questioning the 53-year-old for his potential illegal business dealings, when Joe was vice president.
Weeks after the deal fell through Attorney General Merrick Garland elevated investigator David Weiss to special counsel status for the scrutinized case, leading to this federal indictment.
In a series of letters and emails from Hunter's lawyer, Chris Clark, he explained the potential issues that may arise if his client was tried criminally, including the possibility of the sitting President taking the stand.
"President Biden now unquestionably would be a fact witness for the defense in any criminal trial," the legal mind wrote.
Never miss a story — sign up for the OK! newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what OK! has to offer. It’s gossip too good to wait for!
"This of all cases justifies neither the spectacle of a sitting President testifying at a criminal trial nor the potential for a resulting Constitutional crisis," Clark added.
NBC News reported on the indictment.