Lawyers for Hunter Biden have requested a federal judge in Los Angeles to dismiss tax charges against him, arguing that the case is politically motivated. Biden’s attorney claimed that the prosecution was influenced by Republican lawmakers who launched an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden. The judge appeared skeptical of these arguments during the hearing and questioned the basis of Biden’s claims. The prosecutor, David Weiss, countered that the initial plea agreement was not finalized, leading to the filing of charges in California. The judge is expected to make a ruling on the motions by April 17.

Hunter Biden’s legal team argued that he had been abiding by the terms of the initial plea talks and that he should be protected against the charges. They claimed that the charges were brought after complaints from House Republicans, alleging selective targeting by prosecutors. However, the prosecutor dismissed these claims as a conspiracy theory to avoid tax charges after the earlier plea deal fell through. The judge expressed doubt about the evidence supporting Biden’s motion and questioned the timing of the probe and the charges. The hearing also involved the attorney for ex-FBI informant Alexander Smirnov, who is charged with providing false information about Hunter Biden and his father.

Federal prosecutors have brought nine tax-related charges against Hunter Biden, accusing him of failing to pay at least $1.4 million in taxes as part of a scheme to evade federal taxes and maintain an extravagant lifestyle. Biden pleaded not guilty to the charges in January, and his lawyers have filed several motions to dismiss the charges, claiming that prosecutors bowed to political pressure. Prosecutors have refuted these claims, stating that the prosecution was not influenced by politicians and that Biden fabricated a conspiracy theory to evade tax charges. In addition to the tax charges, Biden faces federal gun charges in Delaware for possessing a gun while using narcotics.

Hunter Biden has become a central figure in House Republicans’ impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden, giving a deposition last month and criticizing the investigation as a “charade.” The legal battle surrounding the tax charges and other allegations against Biden highlights the political tensions surrounding the Biden family. The judge’s decision on the motions filed by Biden’s legal team and the ongoing trial for the gun charges in June will determine the outcome of the case. The defense continues to maintain that the charges against Biden are unjust and politically motivated, while prosecutors argue that the evidence supports the charges brought against him.

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