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Joe Biden's son is on trial again, accused of tax evasion

Joe Biden's son is on trial again, accused of tax evasion

US President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, is facing a second criminal case.

An indictment alleges he failed to pay at least $1.4m (£1.1m) in federal taxes he owed for the tax years from 2016 to 2019, the  BBC reports. 

It comes after a plea deal, which was expected to see Mr Biden admit to a number of tax and gun offenses to avoid prison, fell through in July.

In September, prosecutors announced they were charging Mr. Biden, 53, with three counts of lying on an application form he used to buy a handgun in 2018.

And all the while, congressional Republicans, who have launched investigations into Mr. Biden's foreign business dealings, have launched an impeachment inquiry into the president. 

In June, prosecutors with the US Department of Justice reached a two-part plea deal with Hunter Biden's legal team.

Under the deal, he would be charged with two misdemeanor counts of failing to pay taxes on time in 2017 and 2018.
He also had to admit to unlawfully possessing a gun while a drug user and agree to drug treatment and monitoring in instead of a more serious criminal charge and possible imprisonment.

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