President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, has been charged with three counts of lying when buying a firearm, after a proposed plea deal failed.
Report says the indictment marks the first time the child of a sitting president has been criminally prosecuted.
A planned plea bargain to resolve gun and tax-related charges he faced abruptly fell apart in July.
All three counts relate to Hunter allegedly lying on forms while buying a firearm while he was a drug user.
Court documents show that he lied on the federally-mandated forms while purchasing a Colt revolver at a Delaware gun store in October 2018.
According to a report, at the time, the junior Biden was a heavy user of crack cocaine.
Under United States federal laws, it is a crime to lie on the form or possess a firearm while a drug user.
He previously acknowledged the charges during negotiations for the aborted plea deal.
The younger Biden’s legal woes have become an increasingly contentious issue in US politics.