May 9, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Hunter Biden's federal gun charges to go to trial after appeal dismissed

Hunter Biden, son of U.S. President Joe Biden, departs a House Oversight Committee meeting at Capitol Hill on January 10, 2024 in Washington, DC. The committee is meeting today as it considers citing him for Contempt of Congress. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)

Hunter Biden on Capitol Hill on Jan. 10. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Getty Images

A federal appeals court on Thursday declined to dismiss the federal gun charges against Hunter Biden, per court filings.

Why it matters: The ruling makes way for a high-stakes criminal trial to begin early next month.

  • The president's son was indicted last year on three counts related to his alleged illegal possession of a firearm.

State of play: Biden requested the Third Circuit Court of Appeals dismiss the case and overturn previous rulings from a federal judge that upheld the charges.

  • But the three-judge appellate panel denied to do so, writing, "This appeal is dismissed because the defendant has not shown the District Court's orders are appealable before final judgment."

What they're saying: Biden's lawyer, Abbe Lowell, signaled in a statement that he may request a review of the appeal.

  • "In reviewing the panel's decision, we believe the issues involved are too important and further review of our request is appropriate," Lowell said.

Catch up quick: Hunter Biden was indicted last September by special counsel David Weiss.

  • He was accused of falsifying a federal firearms form and illegal possession of a firearm while using a narcotic.
  • He also faces federal tax charges in California and is due to stand trial for that case on June 20.
  • The president's son has pleaded not guilty in both cases.

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