The son of US President Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, has been indicted on three counts of lying on federal forms when purchasing a firearm while he was addicted to drugs.
This is the first time in US history that a sitting president’s child has been criminally charged, according to BBC.
Hunter Biden was previously in talks with prosecutors to reach a plea deal that would resolve his gun and tax-related charges, but the negotiations collapsed in July.
He had admitted to the charges during the plea discussions.
Hunter Biden’s legal troubles have become a source of political controversy in the US, as his opponents have accused him of using his father’s influence to avoid accountability.
He has also faced scrutiny over his foreign business dealings and his laptop that allegedly contained compromising information.
Hunter Biden has not yet commented on the indictment. His lawyers have said that he will plead not guilty.
The indictment of Hunter Biden is a significant development in the ongoing legal saga surrounding the Biden family. The investigation into Hunter Biden’s business dealings has been a source of political controversy for several years.
The indictment could further complicate President Biden’s political agenda and could become a major issue in the 2024 presidential election.