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Hunter Biden Set to Officially Plead Guilty to Criminal Charges

Hunter Biden Set to Officially Plead Guilty to Criminal Charges

Hunter Biden is expected to officially plead guilty to criminal charges in federal court today, Wednesday, July 26. 

Last month, two months after the entire IRS team investigating him was pulled from the case, Biden, 53, reached a surprise tentative plea deal with authorities. This came after the entire Biden family denied any wrongdoing for years. 

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At the time the tentative plea bargain was reached, The Washington Post reported details noting that Hunter was expected to "plead guilty to two minor tax crimes and admit to the facts of a gun charge under terms that would likely keep him out of jail."

Now, NBC News has confirmed that Biden and his legal team are expected to officially enter the plea in court today.

Last month, the younger Biden's primary attorney, Christopher Clark, said, “I know Hunter believes it is important to take responsibility for these mistakes he made during a period of turmoil and addiction in his life."

“He looks forward to continuing his recovery and moving forward," Clark concluded. 

For those unfamiliar with the situation, last fall, news broke that Biden could be facing federal charges on tax and gun crimes following an investigation. At the time, federal agents confirmed that they saw chargeable offenses in the tax and gun-purchasing case against the President's son.

The probe into Hunter's activities originally began in 2018.

In March 2022, computer experts reviewed thousands of emails purportedly found on Biden’s computer and determined them to be authentic. However, the Biden investigation remained largely out of the news, replaced with public interest in multiple investigations into former President Donald Trump's conduct.

In April of last year, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said that President Joe Biden was "confident that his son didn’t break the law."

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Then, earlier in 2023, a whistleblower claimed the entire Hunter Biden probe had been "botched" due to the his political associations in Washington D.C. and beyond.

At the time, the unnamed whistleblower's legal counsel, attorney Mark Lytle, spoke to CBS's Jim Axelrod with details, "My client wants to come forward to Congress."

This is the first time in history that the Department of Justice, which is part of the federal government's executive branch, has brought charges against the child of a sitting president. 

A breaking Forbes article suggests that prosecutors have indicated they intend to bring additional charges against Biden that could cause the plea deal to fall apart. This has not been corroborated by Biden's team at this time.

Updated 7/26 at 12:50 p.m. EST.

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