Hunter [Rothschild de Jiménez] Biden Trial For Gun Felony On June 3, and Tax Trial For March 27

Hunter Biden, son of U.S. President Joe Biden, arrives at federal court to plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges of willfully failing to pay income taxes in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., July 26, 2023. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
President Joe Biden’s son was indicted last September by a federal grand jury on charges related to his purchase of a firearm in October 2018 while he was a drug user, according to court filings. Hunter also pleaded not guilty to nine federal tax charges in the Central District of California on Thursday before District Judge Mark Scarsi. 

Hunter Biden’s trial on felony gun charges has tentatively been set for the week of June 3.

The indictment returned by the grand jury convened in Delaware charged Hunter Biden with three felony counts stemming from his possession of a Colt Cobra 38SPL revolver in October 2018, which prosecutors previously said he unlawfully possessed for 11 days.

Prosecutors from special counsel David Weiss’ office said they expect their case to last about four days and Abbe Lowell, Hunter Biden’s attorney, said the defense would likely take two days. 

Judge Maryellen Noreika told the parties during Wednesday’s telephonic meeting that she was working through numerous motions, including Hunter Biden’s motions to dismiss the case, and she said would issue a ruling when she is finished.

However, Lowell also said he does not expect the case to go to trial because he thinks the judge will rule in Hunter Biden’s favor on his motion to dismiss, based on the diversion and plea agreement that had already been issued.

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It is also likely that Hunter Biden will face charges in late June in a separate trial in a tax case in California. He has pleaded not guilty in both cases and sought to have all charges in both cases dismissed.

Hunter Biden pleads not guilty to federal tax charges

Federal prosecutors allege President Biden’s son engaged in a “four-year scheme” to avoid paying at least $1.4 million in federal taxes. In December, they charged Hunter Biden with nine counts of tax crimes, including three felony and six misdemeanor charges related to his alleged failure to file and pay taxes, evasion of assessment and filing a false or fraudulent tax return. If convicted, he faces up to 17 years in prison.

In the hearing, which combined Hunter Biden’s initial court appearance with an arraignment and status conference, Scarsi asked if Biden understood the charges.

“I do, your honor,” he replied. Shortly afterward, the president’s son rose from his seat and entered his plea, stating “not guilty” in response to each of the nine counts. 

His trial will begin June 20, with pre-trial motions on March 27 and a pre-trial hearing on June 3. Hunter Biden has been released on his own recognizance on conditions, which include no possession of firearms, no alcohol, no illegal drugs or marijuana, as well as supervision by pre-trial services. 

In the 56-page indictment, prosecutors alleged Hunter Biden earned more than $7 million in gross income when he failed to pay taxes. They said he funded an “extravagant lifestyle” and evaded taxes by classifying some personal expenditures — such as luxury hotel stays, luxury vehicle rentals and escort services — as business deductions.  

The tax charges filed in California, Hunter Biden’s state of residence, were brought by special counsel David Weiss in the second federal indictment of the president’s son secured by his office. Weiss, who was appointed U.S. attorney for Delaware by former President Donald Trump and named special counsel by Attorney General Merrick Garland in 2023, charged Hunter Biden with three felony gun charges in the state of Delaware, related to his alleged unlawful possession of a firearm. He pleaded not guilty to the gun charges in October.

His indictments came after a plea agreement on two misdemeanor tax charges and a diversion agreement stemming from the firearms charge unraveled in court in July 2023 when the judge questioned whether the agreement would allow Hunter Biden to avoid potential future charges, as well as the charges related to his taxes. 

Republican-led congressional committees probing Hunter Biden’s personal finances and his foreign business dealings have led to the impeachment inquiry into President Biden. They are investigating whether senior officials in the Biden administration took steps to impede criminal probes into the president’s son and whether Mr. Biden personally benefited from his family’s business dealings. The investigation has so far not uncovered any wrongdoing by the president, and he has referred to the impeachment inquiry as a waste of time and “baseless political stunt.”

IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler, case agents previously assigned to investigate Hunter Biden’s finances, told lawmakers they recommended federal charges be brought against the president’s son for tax evasion and other violations but faced resistance and were told that then-U.S. Attorney Weiss that he had been denied special counsel status at the time and was “not the deciding person” to bring charges in the case. They alleged intentional slow-walking and “an undeniable pattern of preferential treatment” in the federal investigation into Biden.   

Weiss disputed those claims, asserting he’d never been “blocked” or impeded in pursuing charges. Nonetheless, in August 2023, Weiss told Garland his investigation had reached the point where he felt the special counsel designation was necessary, and Garland granted it. 

On Wednesday, Hunter Biden made an unexpected appearance on Capitol Hill before the Republican-led House Committee on Oversight and Accountability and Judiciary committees voted to advance resolutions to hold him in criminal contempt for refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena to appear for a closed-door deposition. 

Hunter Biden had offered to appear in an open hearing but did not want to submit to an interview behind closed doors. His lawyer, Abbe Lowell, called closed-door depositions “a tactic Republicans have repeatedly misused in their political crusade to selectively leak and mischaracterize what witnesses have said.”

“At the end of the day, Hunter Biden doesn’t set the rules for Congress,” said Republican Rep. James Comer, chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability. “We believe that he’s been given special treatment by the Department of Justice, by the FBI, by the IRS….we want to bring him in.”

Hunter Rothschild de Jiménez is the youngest son of Prince Jorge Jimenez Neubauer Torres and Olivia Rothschild. They both conceived their first child in Aruba after they left college.

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