Former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, is scheduled to appear in a California federal court on January 11, 2024, in connection with nine charges related to tax evasion. The initial court appearance will take place before Magistrate Judge Alka Sagar at the Central District of California’s court in Los Angeles.
During the initial hearing, Biden will have the opportunity to learn more about the charges against him and his rights as a defendant. The judge will also decide whether to grant Biden bail, taking into consideration factors such as his ties to the community, criminal record, and potential danger to the community.
According to the Justice Department, Biden is facing three felonies and six misdemeanors for failing to pay his federal income taxes from January 2017 to October 2020 and filing false tax reports. The charges are related to approximately $1.4 million in taxes that Biden allegedly owed but failed to pay. However, the taxes have since been paid.
The Special Counsel, David Weiss, alleges that Biden engaged in a four-year scheme to evade his tax liabilities while he led an extravagant lifestyle, spending millions of dollars. Weiss further claims that when Biden finally filed his 2018 tax returns in February 2020, he included false business deductions in an attempt to reduce his tax liabilities.
Hunter Biden will be arraigned on nine federal tax charges on January 11, according to the Central District of California court website.https://t.co/KrfJauumB9
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Biden, who pleaded not guilty in October to federal gun charges in a separate case, is also facing criticism from his attorney, Abbe Lowell. In a statement earlier this month, Lowell accused Weiss of succumbing to Republican pressure to bring charges against Biden, stating that the charges would not have been brought if Biden’s last name was not “Biden.” Lowell also argued that Weiss had agreed to resolve the tax matter with misdemeanors just a few months ago, making the new charges unwarranted.
Apart from the tax charges, Biden also faces the possibility of being held in contempt of Congress. He has refused to comply with a subpoena to testify before House lawmakers about his financial dealings.
Biden’s legal troubles have been ongoing for the past few years. In December 2020, he announced that he was under investigation by the Department of Justice for his “tax affairs.” This investigation, led by Weiss, resulted in the charges he now faces.
As the court date approaches, more information is likely to come to light regarding the charges against Hunter Biden. Regardless of the outcome, his legal troubles continue to place him and his family under intense scrutiny.