Hunter Biden to Plead not Guilty to Gun Charge – Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, plans to assert his innocence in response to a federal firearms charge after a prior plea deal fell apart. Lawyers representing him confirmed this intention in a letter to the judge, and they are also requesting that his initial court appearance be conducted remotely.
Last week, the 53-year-old was indicted for possessing a firearm while being a user of crack cocaine and for providing false information on a form when purchasing the weapon. If found guilty, he could potentially face a maximum prison sentence of 25 years. Hunter Biden is seeking to enter his plea through a video conference, citing reasons such as avoiding the costs associated with Secret Service protection during his travel from California to Delaware and addressing logistical challenges in Wilmington.
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However, it is expected that prosecutors will oppose this request. Furthermore, Hunter Biden has been under investigation for his business activities, and the special counsel has suggested that tax-related charges may be brought against him in either Washington or California at some point. Earlier this week, Hunter Biden filed a lawsuit against the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS), alleging that two agents inappropriately disclosed his private information.
The agents “targeted and sought to embarrass Mr Biden” with the sharing of confidential tax information in press interviews and testimony before Congress, the suit said. His legal team contends that whistleblower safeguards are not applicable in this case. However, an attorney representing one of the agents has argued that any release of confidential information was done with whistleblower authorization.
The lawsuit asserts that the IRS has not taken sufficient measures to prevent the public disclosure of his personal information. It aims to compel compliance with federal tax and privacy laws while also seeking damages of $1,000 for each unauthorized disclosure of his tax return information. Hunter Biden has been the subject of various investigations for several years. Initially, he was expected to reach an agreement with prosecutors over the summer, which would have involved admitting guilt to misdemeanor charges related to late tax payments.
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However, this agreement fell apart during a court hearing in July. Mr. Biden’s defense attorneys have indicated their intent to contest the charges, potentially leading to a significant and high-stakes trial. This lawsuit represents the latest legal action taken by Mr. Biden as an ongoing federal investigation into his affairs unfolds, against the backdrop of a political environment that includes an impeachment inquiry targeting his father, aiming to link him to his son’s business dealings.