President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden will plead not guilty to three criminal charges relating to allegations that he illegally possessed a firearm while addicted to controlled substances.
Mr. Biden’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, stated that his client intended to enter a not-guilty plea.
Hunter was indicted last week on three counts in connection with allegations that he made false statements to a gun dealer and possessed a firearm while using drugs.
Two of the counts relate to allegations that Mr. Biden “knowingly made a false and fictitious written statement, intended and likely to deceive” a gun dealer when he sought to buy a firearm in October 2018.
The third count relates to his possession of a Colt Cobra 38PL revolver while using and being addicted to drugs, which, like the other two counts, violates sections of Title 18 of the U.S. Code.
Mr. Lowell wrote in the Sept. 19 letter to Judge Christopher J. Burke, a United States Magistrate Judge at the District Court in Delaware, that his client wishes to waive reading of the indictment.
“Mr. Biden will enter a plea of not guilty, and there is no reason why he cannot utter those two words by video conference,” Mr. Lowell wrote, adding that his client, being President Biden’s son, is not “seeking any special treatment” in making the request.
Counts one and three—each carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, and three years of supervised release.
The last count carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison, meaning that, all told, the highest possible penalty is 25 years.