Hunter Biden Begs Judge to Dismiss Charges

( US President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, is requesting that a federal court dismiss tax charges against him, arguing that the prosecution is politically motivated. Hunter Biden also faces firearms charges, which he has likewise sought to have dismissed, and has been drawn into a congressional impeachment inquiry of his father.

Prosecutors allege that Biden engaged in a multi-year scheme to avoid paying at least $1.4 million in federal taxes. Biden’s lawyers appeared in a California court on March 27 to urge the dismissal of the charges. However, Biden himself did not appear at the court for the hearing.

Biden’s lead attorney, Abbe Lowell, contended that prosecutors irregularly initiated and investigated the case. Special Counsel David Weiss has insisted in court filings that political considerations played no part in the case.

During the hearing, US District Judge Mark Scarsi seemed skeptical of claims that the case was impacted by politics. Regardless, Biden’s lawyers are also seeking to dismiss the charges based on claims that they violate the terms of a contested diversion agreement reached last year. Biden’s legal team insists that the diversion agreement is still valid, although federal prosecutors argue that the proposed deal was never finalized.

The court is expected to issue a decision on Biden’s request to dismiss the charges on April 17. The case will go to trial on June 20 if the charges are not dismissed. Biden has also requested that the court dismiss firearms charges against him, which are based on allegations that he lied about illegal drug use when purchasing a gun.

Alleged criminal activity by members of the Biden family are at the center of a US House impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden. Hunter Biden has provided testimony to lawmakers, in which he denies any wrongdoing by his father as it relates to his own foreign business affairs.

Nevertheless, US House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer invited Joe Biden to testify himself. It is in the “best interest” of the American people for Biden to answer questions from lawmakers directly, Comer said.

Whether Hunter and Joe Biden will be able to dodge the criminal allegations against them remains to be seen, although prosecutors and lawmakers appear keen on pursuing justice.

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