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Hunter Biden's legal team meets with Justice Department prosecutors

Federal prosecutors are considering charging the president's son with three tax crimes and a charge related to a gun purchase.
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WASHINGTON — Hunter Biden's legal team met with prosecutors at the Justice Department on Wednesday to discuss potential charges against Biden, the president's son, in the Delaware criminal investigation, two sources familiar with the matter said.

The meeting included representation from the U.S. attorney’s office in Delaware and the Justice Department, the sources said.

The Justice Department and the Delaware U.S. attorney’s office declined to comment. Hunter Biden's attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

NBC News has reported that federal prosecutors are considering charging the younger Biden with two misdemeanor counts of failure to file taxes, a felony count of tax evasion related to a business expense for a year of taxes and a potential felony gun charge related to a firearms purchase.

U.S. Attorney David Weiss, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump and retained by President Joe Biden's administration, will decide whether to file charges.

“In the ordinary course, in a federal criminal tax case, and pursuant to policy and practice, defense attorneys get a meeting for the asking," said Chuck Rosenberg, an NBC News legal analyst and former U.S. attorney. "They typically use that meeting to try to persuade Justice Department prosecutors not to charge their client, often to no avail."

CNN first reported Wednesday's meeting.

A lawyer representing an IRS special agent told lawmakers this month that his client is seeking whistleblower protections to testify to Congress about the federal investigation into Hunter Biden.

Joe Biden announced his re-election bid Tuesday. Republicans have previously used Hunter Biden in pushes against the president.