Judge dismisses motions from Hunter Biden in criminal tax case

 April 2, 2024

Earlier this year, Hunter Biden filed a slew of motions regarding the criminal tax charges brought against him by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Yet in a move sure to disappoint the White House, all eight Biden's motions were denied this week by the judge overseeing his case. 

Judge finds special counsel's appointment to have been valid

According to the Washington Examiner, Judge Mark Scarsi issued an 82-page decision on Monday in which he broke down claims put forward by Biden's legal team.

This included the motion calling for Special Counsel David Weiss' dismissal on the grounds that his appointment was unlawful.

"The Court concludes that Special Counsel Weiss is lawfully funded through the indefinite appropriation, and the Appropriations Clause has not been violated," Scarsi wrote.

What's more, Scarsi concluded that there does not "seem to be any evidence" that federal prosecutors were influenced in their decisions by pressure from Republicans aside from the timeline involved.

The Examiner pointed out that Monday's decision has cleared the way for Biden's jury trial to begin as scheduled on June 20.

Weiss: "When you don't have the facts or the law, you attack the prosecutors"

Fox News reported last week that Biden attorney Abbe Lowell had accused Weiss of having "handled this investigation and charged this case" in an "abnormal way."

Fox News also noted that for his part, Weiss made light of the arguments which Lowell had made in favor of dismissal, calling them "fact-free pleadings."

"When you don't have the facts you attack the law. When you don't have the law you attack the facts. When you don't have the facts or the law, you attack the prosecutors," Weiss was quoted as saying.

Biden mocked by GOP for failing to show up at hearing on Capitol Hill

Biden's criminal tax case isn't the only reason that he has been in the headlines recently, as the president's son was criticized last month for failing to show up for a hearing on Capitol Hill.

Florida Republican Rep. Carlos Giménez told Fox News, "Maybe we should have a game. Where in the world is Hunter Biden?"

Giménez suggested that Biden "probably didn't show because he didn't want to testify" and "didn't want to probably lie under oath as to what his activities and his family's activities are."

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