The matter is now headed toward a potential trial in 2024 when his father is running for reelection after Hunter Biden entered a not guilty plea on Tuesday to three federal gun charges that surfaced after his original agreement collapsed.
On a document to purchase a rifle that he kept for roughly 11 days in October 2018, President Joe Biden’s son is accused of lying about his drug use. If found guilty, he may spend up to 25 years behind bars.
He responded, “Yes, Your Honor,” when asked by Magistrate Judge Christopher Burke if he understood the accusations made against him. In court, his attorney, Abbe Lowell, stated that he intends to file a motion to dismiss the charges, questioning their legality.
Hunter Biden has confessed that he had a crack cocaine addiction at that time in 2018, but his attorneys maintain that he didn’t break the law.
These types of gun prosecutions are uncommon, and an appeals court determined that, in accordance with the new Supreme Court standards, the prohibition on gun ownership by drug users is unconstitutional.
The judge observed on Tuesday that Hunter Biden had undergone multiple drug tests and had tested negative each time.
The defense team for Hunter Biden claims that the allegations against him were brought as a consequence of political pressure from Republicans who claimed the Democratic president’s son had preferential treatment.
After the brief hearing, Lowell released a statement in which she alluded to Donald Trump’s Make America Great Again campaign slogan and said that “President Trump and his MAGA allies” had compelled “the Justice Department to ignore the law and deviate from its policies in cases like this one.”
After the hearing, Hunter Biden departed the courthouse by getting into a black SUV and starting the car.
The case’s Nov. 3 deadline for pretrial motions Pretrial release requirements include abstaining from alcohol and drugs, maintaining or pursuing work, and undergoing drug testing or substance abuse counseling, as necessary.
Hunter Biden decided to plead guilty to minor tax charges earlier this summer. Had he avoided problems for two years, he would have also avoided prosecution on the gun allegations.
The arrangement would have avoided criminal proceedings and spared the Bidens weeks of headlines as the election drew near. It was the result of a years-long probe by federal prosecutors investigating the business operations of the president’s son.
The agreement came to an end when the judge who was supposed to approve it instead voiced several concerns about it.