Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, has recently been indicted by the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware on one count of ‘making false statements relating to his possession of a firearm.’ The indictment alleges that prior to the purchase of a firearm, Biden, 51, answered ‘no’ to questions on a federal application for a firearm asking whether he had previously been “adjudicated as a mental defective” or “committed to a mental institution.”
While Biden has yet to enter a plea in the case, sources close to him claim that Biden was suffering from a period of substance abuse and is likely to enter a plea of mental health issues to explain his false statements. Additionally, sources indicate that the gun purchased by Biden is currently in the possession of law enforcement officers, and that the indictment does not involve the Department of Justice or any national security matters.
The indictment follows a number of controversial op-eds and accusations of the president’s son. Following his father’s election victory last year, Hunter’s life had come into the crosshairs of both political parties. Democrats highlighted Hunter’s background in business dealings with foreign governments for scrutiny, while Republicans have invoked his name in claims of corruption.
The Biden family has yet to comment publicly on the matter. The decision to prosecute the indictment rests with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware.