Hunter Biden’s Federal Gun Charges Trial Begins

Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, is set to begin his trial on federal gun charges on June 3. This follows a series of legal maneuvers and appeals that sought to delay the proceedings, all of which were rejected by the courts. U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika will preside over the case in Delaware​​.

The charges stem from an incident in October 2018, where Hunter Biden allegedly lied about his drug use on a federal form to purchase a firearm.

He has admitted to struggling with addiction during that period but maintains that he did not break any laws.

The indictment includes three felony counts related to owning a gun while using drugs and making a false statement​​.

In a bid to postpone the trial, Hunter Biden's legal team argued that more time was needed to gather expert testimonies on addiction and the chain of custody for evidence. However, Judge Noreika, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, dismissed these arguments, emphasizing that the case was not overly complex and that sufficient time had already been allotted​​.

This trial comes after a plea deal intended to resolve the case without a trial fell apart in July 2023. The judge assigned to approve the deal raised multiple questions, leading to its collapse and setting the stage for the current proceedings​.

The legal battle over these charges has been highly publicized, with Biden's defense claiming that the prosecution is politically motivated. However, the courts have consistently ruled against delaying the trial, underscoring the importance of addressing the charges promptly​.

The trial, expected to last three to six days, will be closely watched, not only for its legal implications but also for its potential impact on the Biden administration as President Joe Biden campaigns for re-election.