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Hunter Biden’s lawyer vows to ‘vigorously’ challenge federal tax charges

Hunter Biden’s lawyer vowed to continue to “vigorously” fight federal tax charges against the president’s son after a California judge rejected an effort to dismiss them.

“We strongly disagree with the court’s decision and will continue to vigorously challenge Mr. Biden’s criticism of the anomalous manner in which the Special Counsel handled this investigation and charged this case,” Abbe Lowell said after the judge’s decision.

After a plea deal to avoid charges collapsed last year, special counsel David Weiss charged Biden nine times, accusing him of evading $1.4 million in taxes. Biden pleaded not guilty. He also pleaded not guilty to criminal charges alleging he lied about addiction problems when purchasing a gun.

Weiss was appointed U.S. attorney for Delaware by Donald Trump and then special counsel by Merrick Garland, the U.S. attorney general appointed by Joe Biden.

Hunter Biden has long been the subject of Republican efforts to expose corruption involving his father, culminating in an impeachment attempt that is unlikely to succeed after a series of chaotic hearings.

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The president’s son says the charges against him are politically motivated and stem from Republican pressure on Weiss. The special counsel rejects such claims.

In California, a U.S. District Court judge, Mark Scarsi, said Monday that Biden had presented only “presumptions” rather than “clear evidence.”

“Defendant provides no facts showing that the government made charging decisions in any respect because of public statements made by politicians, let alone based on Defendant’s family and political preferences,” Scarsi wrote.

Biden’s lawyers said Republicans had picked up the tax bill.

Scarsi – a Trump appointee – said: “But politicians take credit for a lot of things over which they have no power and have had no impact.”

Biden’s personal struggles remain subject to enormous political pressure. In February, he said his own fight to stay clean and sober was “something much bigger than myself… a fight for the future of democracy.”

If convicted on the tax charges, he faces up to 17 years in prison. The trial is scheduled for the end of June. He also seeks to dismiss the gun charges. If that attempt fails, the trial in Delaware will also take place in early June.

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