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Judge Rejects Defense Efforts to Dismiss Hunter Biden’s Federal Gun Case

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge in Delaware declined Friday to dismiss a federal gun case against Hunter Biden, rejecting the president’s son’s claim that he is being prosecuted for political purposes as well as other arguments.

U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika denied defense efforts to undermine the prosecution that accused Hunter Biden of lying about his drug use in October 2018 on a form to purchase a gun that he kept for about 11 days.

Hunter Biden’s lawyers had argued that the case was politically motivated and claimed that an immunity provision from an original plea deal that fell apart still stands. They had also challenged the appointment of Special Counsel David Weiss, the U.S. attorney in Delaware, to lead the prosecution.

Noreika, who was appointed to the bench by former President Donald Trump, has not yet ruled on a challenge to the constitutionality of the gun charges.

Hunter Biden is facing separate tax bills in Los Angeles, claiming he failed to pay at least $1.4 million in taxes in three years while living an “extravagant lifestyle” during his drug-abuse days. The judge overseeing the case declined to dismiss the charges earlier this month.

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Biden has pleaded not guilty in both cases. A representative for his legal team did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.

The president’s son has acknowledged that he was struggling with an addiction to crack cocaine during that period in 2018, but his lawyers have said he did not break the law and that another nonviolent first-time offender would not have been charged.

Attorney Abbe Lowell had argued that Hunter Biden was “selectively indicted” for improper political purposes. They argued that Weiss “succumbed to political pressure” to indict the president’s son amid criticism of the plea deal from Trump and other Republicans.

Norieka said in her ruling that Biden’s team presented “nothing concrete” to support the conclusion that anyone actually influenced the special counsel’s team.

“The pressure campaign by Republicans in Congress may have occurred around the time the Special Counsel decided to proceed with the indictment rather than divert from pretrial proceedings, but the Court has been presented with nothing credible to indicate that the conduct of those legislators (or anyone else) had any effect. impact on the special counsel,” the judge wrote. “It’s all speculation.”

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