Hunter Biden's Tax Trial Postponed to September 5

Unprecedented legal woes shadow President's son, Hunter Biden.

by Nouman Rasool
Hunter Biden's Tax Trial Postponed to September 5
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In the latest development underscoring the swirling complex of legal challenges facing the family of a sitting U.S. president, Hunter Biden's criminal tax trial was pushed back to September 5 from its original June 20 schedule at the request of Biden's legal team.

Resulting in a delay on the basis of scheduling conflicts with other major legal hurdles ahead: Biden's criminal gun trial in Delaware is set to start next week. The president's son, Hunter Biden, is simultaneously fighting legal battles that could have implications stretching far and wide into his future, and potentially into the general political landscape as the nation heads to the polls in November.

His attorney, Abbe Lowell, told U.S. District Judge Mark Scarsi in Los Angeles on Thursday that pushing him to complete certain pretrial motions in the Delaware criminal case, which involves gun charges, eventually would allow the government to put his client behind bars in two separate proceedings.

Biden's Legal Challenges

Another remarkable series of events followed: a sitting president's son was about to go to trial on felony charges. Biden filed pleas of not guilty in both matters. At stake in the tax case against Hunter Biden: He's accused of not paying $1.4 million in taxes for 2016 through 2019, the years when he acquitted millions of dollars in drugs, escorts, exotic cars, and other luxury items.

He could face up to 17 years in prison if convicted. Compounding the gravity, Hunter Biden was also arrested and charged in Delaware with three felonies stemming from allegedly making false statements about his drug use on a federal form in order to obtain a firearm in 2018.

That means if convicted, he's looking down the barrel of up to 25 years on the gun-related charges. These legal cases, going forward, would now be played out in the context of an expected campaign for re-election by President Joe Biden.

The latter has already started activity for a second term as president of the country during the elections scheduled in November this year, which would now include preparation for getting his son out of the legal tangle he finds himself in.

Meanwhile, the political landscape is made messier still by the probable GOP nominee, former President Donald Trump, who is facing his own legal troubles. Right now, Trump is on trial for a criminal case involving hush money, and jury deliberations are predicted to start at the beginning of next week.

Also, Trump is eyeing three more criminal cases that, similar to those of Hunter Biden's, spell harsh attention from the media and may shift the view of voters come election day.