Hunter Biden was indicted on three counts related to his alleged illegal possession of a firearm, according to a court filing on Thursday.
The big picture: The indictment by special counsel David Weiss comes after plea deal negotiations fell apart last month over two tax misdemeanors and a gun felony against President Biden’s son.
Driving the news: The charges in the indictment include making false statements on a form when he purchased a firearm in 2018 and possession of a firearm while using a narcotic.
What they’re saying: “As expected, prosecutors filed charges today that they deemed were not warranted just six weeks ago following a five-year investigation into this case,” Abbe Lowell, an attorney for Hunter Biden, said in a statement.
Zoom out: Hunter Biden’s plea deal fell apart in a surprisingly contentious court hearing in July because the two sides couldn’t agree on whether the arrangement guaranteed the end of the investigation, Weiss wrote in a filing.
The backdrop: The indictment comes as House Republicans this week launched an impeachment inquiry into President Biden, a marked escalation of the House Oversight and Judiciary Committee investigations into the business dealings of Hunter Biden.