Hearing Due in Hunter Biden Tax Case in LA

House Oversight Committee Considers Citing Hunter Biden For Contempt Of Congress

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Hunter Biden is expected to ask a federal judge in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday to postpone his trial on tax charges until September.

President Joe Biden's son is currently scheduled to go on trial in Los Angeles federal court before U.S. District Judge Mark Scarsi on June 20 on nine federal tax charges for allegedly refusing to pay his taxes.

His attorneys are expected to argue that the tax trial should be postponed until Sept. 5, based on scheduling conflicts with an unrelated felony gun case Biden faces in Delaware in two weeks.

Scarsi previously said he wished "to proceed to trial without significant delay."

Prosecutors in the office of special counsel David Weiss said the request for a three-month postponement of the tax trial should be rejected.

The president's son was charged in an indictment returned in December on nine federal tax charges.

Hunter Biden, 54, of Malibu, "spent millions of dollars on an extravagant lifestyle rather than paying his tax bills," the indictment alleges.

He faces three felony counts, including tax evasion, and six misdemeanor counts of failure to pay taxes.

Last week, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the younger Biden's request to revive a bid to have the charges against him tossed.

Hunter Biden's lawyers wrote in legal filings that they believe the tax case was brought "in direct response to political pressure."

Attorneys wrote that the defendant has since paid his tax bill, plus fines, to the government.

In October, the president's son pleaded not guilty in Wilmington, Delaware, to three counts related to lying on a federal form to acquire a Colt Cobra handgun in 2018 and for being an illegal drug user in possession of the gun.

Regarding the tax charges, the 56-page indictment says that, between 2016 and Oct. 15, 2020, "the defendant spent this money on drugs, escorts and girlfriends, luxury hotels and rental properties, exotic cars, clothing, and other items of a personal nature, in short, everything but his taxes."

The Delaware case alleges that Hunter Biden broke laws against drug users having guns in 2018. In July, he had agreed to plead guilty there to two misdemeanor tax counts and acknowledge a firearms violation without a conviction, receiving no jail time. But the deal collapsed when the judge questioned its terms and refused to sign off on it.

His attorney, Abbe Lowell, said in a statement when the tax charges were announced that "based on the facts and the law, if Hunter's last name was anything other than Biden, the (previously announced firearms) charges in Delaware, and now California, would not have been brought."

Lowell said, "Now, after five years of investigating with no new evidence -- and two years after Hunter paid his taxes in full -- the U.S. Attorney has piled on nine new charges when he had agreed just months ago to resolve this matter with a pair of misdemeanors."

Described in the indictment as a Georgetown- and Yale-educated lawyer, lobbyist, consultant and businessperson, Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian industrial conglomerate and a Chinese private equity fund during the time of the tax allegations.

"He negotiated and executed contracts and agreements for business and legal services that paid millions of dollars of compensation to him and/or his domestic corporations, Owasco PC and Owasco LLC," according to the indictment.

In addition to his business interests, the defendant was an employee of a multinational law firm, the document states.

At the time of the now-defunct plea deal in Delaware, Biden said he had forgotten to pay his taxes during a period when he was in the grip of drug addiction.

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