A federal judge on Tuesday set a June 20 trial date for President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, after he pleaded not guilty to nine tax-related charges brought forward by special counsel David Weiss, who previously led the Hunter Biden investigation as a U.S. attorney in Delaware.
“I’m kind of keeping you on a tight schedule,” Judge Mark Scarsi said in a Los Angeles courtroom. “We like to move things along.”
The president’s son was indicted on nine tax-related charges early last month in a 56-page filing that includes alleges he failed to pay taxes, failed to file, evaded an assessment and filed a fraudulent form. The filing further alleges that Biden spent money on an “extravagant lifestyle” rather than pay his taxes.
Hunter Biden has also pleaded not guilty to three gun charges, on which he will face a separate trial in Delaware.
In the most recent indictment, Weiss alleged that Hunter “engaged in a four-year scheme to not pay at least $1.4 million in self-assessed federal taxes he owed for tax years 2016 through 2019, from in or about January 2017 through in or about October 15, 2020, and to evade the assessment of taxes for tax year 2018 when he filed false returns in or about February 2020.”
On Thursday, Judge Scarsi set the same pre-trial release conditions imposed on the younger Biden after he pleaded not guilty to the gun charges in Delaware. These conditions include a requirement that Hunter Biden seeks employment and seek permission for any international travel plans. He will also be prohibited from owning a firearm, be required to submit to random drug testing, and participate in a drug and alcohol abuse counseling program.
Hunter’s court appearance comes a day after he pulled yet another stunt on Capitol Hill by crashing a House Oversight Committee hearing. When U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) attempted to question him, he retreated from the hearing before speaking with partisan, pro-Biden media outlets.