Hunter Biden pleading not guilty to tax fraud chargesHunter Biden pleading not guilty to tax fraud charges

Hunter Biden, son of U.S. President Joe Biden, pleaded not guilty in a federal court in Los Angeles on Thursday. He is facing tax charges related to business deals that have led to a probe into his father’s impeachment. The 53-year-old man is accused of not paying $1.4 million in taxes from 2016 to 2019, even though he apparently spent a lot of money on drugs, women, fancy cars, and other unnecessary things.

His possible term in jail would be up to 17 years if he is found guilty. In a navy blue suit and tie, Hunter Biden told U.S. District Judge Mark Scarsi that he was “not guilty” when asked about his plea. The court date is June 20. When the meeting was over, Biden didn’t talk to the news teams or protesters outside the building. As Biden left in a government vehicle through a back route, he did not say anything. His lawyer, Abbe Lowell, said that Biden had paid off his back taxes and thinks that his client is being watched because of his famous family name.

The president’s son, who has publicly discussed his battles with drug addiction, has never held any positions in the White House or on his father’s campaign. He has also filed a not guilty plea in a separate federal case in Delaware, where he is accused of giving false information about his illegal drug usage during a gun transaction. If convicted, he could face up to ten years in jail.

Both judicial actions are being headed by federal prosecutor David Weiss, who began investigating Hunter Biden in 2019 and was subsequently appointed special prosecutor. A potential plea agreement was rejected by a federal court last summer, and the Justice Department has said that the investigation against Hunter Biden is continuing.

Republicans in the United States House of Representatives are attempting to hold Hunter Biden in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify privately in his father’s impeachment investigation, which might result in extra criminal penalties. Hunter Biden volunteered to testify publicly, but legislators rejected. On Wednesday, he made a stir on Capitol Hill by abruptly attending a House hearing on contempt charges.

Republican investigators are focusing on Hunter Biden’s business activities in Ukraine and China when his father served as US vice president from 2009 to 2017. Despite stressing his son’s difficulties with drug misuse, they have yet to find any proof of misconduct by the older Biden.

In the tax case, prosecutors claim Hunter Biden earned more than $7 million between 2016 and 2019, including $2.3 million from his position on the board of directors of Burisma, a Ukrainian corporation. He also sat on the board of CEFC China Energy Co., Ltd., a Chinese energy giant.

According to a Reuters/Ipsos survey issued on Wednesday, 44% of individuals in the United States believe Hunter Biden’s prosecution is politically motivated, while 33% disagree. In addition, 56% say prosecutors are treating him favourably.

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