Hunter Biden pleads 'not guilty'

 January 12, 2024

Hunter Biden has pled "not guilty" to criminal tax charges. 

Fox News reports that Biden did so when he made his initial court appearance in the case on Thursday.

Biden has been indicted multiple times over the past year.

This particular case is the one that Special Counsel David Weiss brought back in December in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

The allegations

Weiss has accused Biden of three felonies and six misdemeanors. They are all tax crimes, and they stem from Biden's alleged failure to pay $1.4 million in taxes from the year 2016 to 2019.

"The indictment on tax charges from December alleges that the president's son earned millions of dollars from foreign entities in Ukraine, Romania, and China, and 'spent millions of dollars on an extravagant lifestyle at the same time he chose not to pay his taxes,'" ABC News reports.

The outlet continues, "The back taxes were eventually paid in 2020 by a third party, identified by ABC News as Hunter Biden's attorney and confidant Kevin Morris."

"Not guilty"

As stated at the outset, Biden made his initial court appearance on Thursday, and, during this appearance, he pled "not guilty."

Judge Mark Scarsi accepted Biden's not-guilty plea, and the judge has set the conditions for Biden's release.

Fox reports, "Those conditions include the requirement for the president's son to seek employment and communicate all international travel plans. Hunter also is prohibited from possessing a firearm and using alcohol and drugs, and he is required to get drug tested randomly and participate in a substance abuse counseling program."

After Biden's plea was entered and the conditions of his release were set, Biden was processed by court marshalls.

Next up in the case will be a motions hearing. The hearing is scheduled for March 27. The trial, should the case get that far, is currently scheduled for June 20.

The Delaware matter is pending

Biden has also been indicted in Delaware on felony gun charges. He pled "not guilty" to these charges back in October, and the judge in this case set the same conditions for Biden's release as Judge Scarsi has set.

ABC News reports, "Hunter Biden subsequently pleaded not guilty in October to three felony gun charges as part of a separate indictment in Delaware that came after a diversion agreement on one of the gun charges fell apart alongside the initial plea deal. He has since moved to have those charges dismissed."

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