OAN’s Stephanie Stahl
4:00 PM – Wednesday, October 11, 2023
A federal judge has formally dismissed a gun count that had been part of a collapsed plea deal in the Hunter Biden case.
The order from U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika formally removes a gun-possession charge that has now been replaced by an unrelated three-count indictment filed after the agreement imploded in July.
Hunter, 53, was originally expected to plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and to enter pre-trial diversion over the gun offense. However, the deal collapsed after Noreika raised questions about an immunity clause it contained at a July hearing.
The president’s son still faces charges that involve violating measures against drug users having guns when he bought and kept a revolver for about 11 days in 2018, a period when he has acknowledged struggling with addiction.
He pleaded not guilty earlier this month as the case moved toward a potential trial with the 2024 election looming.
Hunter’s lawyers have contended that he did not break the law and they plan to push for dismissal of the indictment.
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