Hunter Biden’s federal gun trial set to begin today

Jury selection in Hunter Biden’s federal gun trial begins Monday in Delaware, as he faces three criminal charges stemming from his alleged illegal purchase and possession of a firearm in 2018 while he was a drug user.

Biden was indicted by a federal grand jury in September after a diversion agreement on felony gun charges and a plea agreement related to misdemeanor tax charges were revealed as U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika questioned whether the deal would allow him to avoid possible future charges.

Hunter Biden’s lawyers denounced the charges and argued they were “unconstitutional” and “unprecedented,” as well as in violation of the diversion agreement they still maintain is legally binding and valid.

A series of motions to dismiss filed by Biden’s lawyers were denied by Judge Noreika, and a federal appeals court denied his motion to dismiss the gun-related charges in May.

Annual Easter Egg Roll held on the South Lawn of the White House
Hunter Biden, son of U.S. President Joe Biden, greets guests during the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn April 1, 2024 in Washington, DC.

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In the three-count indictment, the president’s son is accused of making false statements on a federal firearms form about his drug use, certifying that he did not was neither a user nor addicted to any controlled substance during a period when prosecutors allege he was addicted to crack cocaine. cocaine. Biden purchased a Colt Cobra .38 Special revolver, and it remained in his possession for 11 days before being thrown into an outside container by Hallie Biden, Hunter Biden’s romantic partner at the time.

Prosecutors are expected to present evidence detailing Biden’s use of controlled substances before and during the time he purchased the firearm. In their brief, they reference Biden’s own admission of drug addiction in excerpts from his memoir, Pretty Thingsas well as photos and videos from his laptop and text messages.

Prosecutors also intend to include testimony from Hunter Biden’s former romantic partners recounting his drug addiction, including his ex-wife, Kathleen Buhle, and Hallie Biden, the widow of his late brother, Beau Biden, as well as testimony from experts from FBI and DEA agents.

Hunter Biden’s attorneys are seeking to call their own expert witnesses in drug addiction, forensic psychiatry and forensic toxicology.

The charges were brought by special counsel David 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. The federal investigations into Hunter Biden, led by Weiss, lasted five years during the year. the Trump and Biden administrations.

Hunter Biden’s lawyers claimed Weiss ‘bowed under political pressure to bring tougher charges’ after plea deal drew ‘harsh rebuke’ from former President Trump and his allies Republicans when it was first made public. Weiss’ office criticized claims that the accusations were politically fueled and aimed to appease Republicans.

“The charges in this case are not trumped up or due to former President Trump. Rather, they are the result of the defendant’s own choices and were made despite, not because of, outside noise emanating from politicians,” prosecutors said.

Hunter Biden faces up to 25 years in prison and a $750,000 fine if convicted on all counts.

Separately, he faces nine federal tax charges in the Middle District of California in a second indictment filed by Weiss’ office, in which federal prosecutors allege that President Biden’s son engaged in a “four-year scheme” to avoid paying at least $1.4 million in federal taxes.

Hunter Biden is charged with three felonies and six misdemeanors related to his alleged failure to file and pay his taxes, tax evasion and filing a false or fraudulent tax return. Biden has pleaded not guilty to these charges.

His motions to dismiss the federal tax charges were all denied by U.S. District Judge Mark Scarsi in April. If convicted, Hunter Biden faces up to 17 years in prison.

References to the tax charges or matters related to those charges or the plea hearing are not admissible in his federal firearms trial in Delaware.


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