The presiding judge in the federal government’s case against Hunter Biden has agreed to drop a serious charge in order to push through a deal that the embattled first son reached with prosecutors last week.
On Wednesday U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika agreed to let the president’s son skate on a gun charge related to false statements he made in 2018 about being a drug user. Instead, Hunter will only face a three-count indictment on wrongful gun possession and lying on official application forms. Charges involving filing false tax returns are still pending.
Hunter, who wrote in his memoir about being in the throes of a crack cocaine addition that year, purchased a revolver which he kept for 11 days before discarding it.