Updated Apr 12, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Judge refuses to toss out Hunter Biden's federal gun case

Hunter Biden arriving on Capitol Hill

Hunter Biden arrives on Capitol Hill for a deposition on Feb. 28. Photo: Craig Hudson for The Washington Post via Getty Images

A federal judge has rejected attempts to dismiss the federal gun case against Hunter Biden, court records show.

The big picture: Hunter Biden was indicted last year on three counts related to his alleged illegal possession of a firearm. The trial is scheduled to begin in early June.

  • U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika, appointed by former President Trump, denied the efforts on Friday.
  • Noreika ultimately rejected the defense's argument that the "prosecution is vindictive."

Catch up quick: The indictment was brought last September by special counsel David Weiss.

  • Biden was accused of falsifying a federal firearms form and illegal possession of a firearm while using a narcotic.

Between the lines: Noreika also acknowledged the defense's suggestions that the Trump administration had involvement in bringing the case against him to take aim at him or his father.

  • "The problem with this argument is that the charging decision at issue was made during this administration — by Special Counsel Weiss — at a time when the head of the Executive Branch prosecuting Defendant is Defendant's father," Noreika wrote.
  • "Defendant's claim is effectively that his own father targeted him for being his son, a claim that is nonsensical under the facts here."

Zoom out: He also faces federal tax charges in California and is due to stand trial on June 20.

  • The president's son has pleaded not guilty in both cases.

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