October 7, 2023

David Weiss drops one of Hunter Biden's firearms charges

Breitbart News reported on Wednesday that Special Counsel David Weiss has dropped one of the gun charges against Hunter Biden.

Prosecutors who originally charged Hunter Biden with gun violations reportedly took a formal step on Wednesday to dismiss a gun count that had been part of a plea agreement that ultimately fell through, as reported by The Associated Press.

Due to what the publication called a procedural step, the charge that he broke a rule prohibiting drug users from carrying guns by purchasing a gun in 2018 — during a time when he acknowledged struggling with addiction — has been dismissed.

Charges As They Stand

The president's son is now being accused of three separate crimes related to the same purchase. These crimes include gun possession and making a false statement.

Weiss has not yet filed any new tax charges against the defendant in this case.

Hunter Biden reached a deal with prosecutors in which he would not face charges related to the gun accusation in exchange for pleading guilty to minor tax violations.

However, the deal collapsed after a judge questioned its legality during a July hearing, and a new indictment was issued not long after.

Current Appeal by Hunter

Hunter Biden pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, bringing the idea of a trial closer to reality as we get closer to the 2024 election.

The legal brief filed by Hunter Biden's counsel in August argues that Weiss' decision to "renege on the previously agreed-upon plea agreement" is invalid and that the deal remains in effect and is binding.

Due to the agreement, Hunter Biden was able to plead guilty to minor tax charges instead of a felony gun violation, thereby clearing his record.

Attorney Abbe Lowell told United States Magistrate Judge Christopher Burke on Tuesday that he will be filing a motion to have Hunter Biden's charges dropped.

Lowell believes the "sweetheart" plea deal negotiated in July will remain in force and that the Guns Act, which makes it illegal for drug users to own firearms, is unconstitutional.

Judge Burke told Hunter Biden that the deadline for filing the motion is Nov. 3 of this year.

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