Hunter Biden tax trial postponed to September

The federal judge presiding over Hunter Biden’s criminal tax trial in California sided with his eldest son’s lawyer and moved the trial from June to September.

Judge Mark Scalsi of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California heard arguments Wednesday at a pretrial hearing after Hunter Biden’s lawyers requested a delay in his trial on tax charges stemming from Special Counsel David Weiss’ investigation.

Hunter Biden has pleaded not guilty to federal tax charges in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, specifically three felonies and six misdemeanors related to $1.4 million in unpaid taxes that have already been paid. .

Weiss alleged a “four-year scheme” in which the president’s son paid no federal income taxes from January 2017 to October 2020 and also filed false tax returns.

The trial was scheduled to begin on June 20, but Scalci postponed the trial and said jury selection would begin on September 5.

Federal prosecutors earlier this month urged Scalsi to reject Biden’s request to postpone the trial after his eldest son’s lawyers had agreed to a June 20 trial date.

“Defendants who erroneously choose to file appeals without jurisdiction are not granted a continuance, and this defendant should be treated similarly,” the motion states. None of this warrants a continuance, however, and the motion should be denied.”

The eldest son’s trial on federal firearms charges is scheduled to begin June 3 in Delaware.

Weiss also prosecuted Hunter Biden in Delaware for making false statements when purchasing firearms. Making false statements regarding information that a licensed firearms dealer is required to maintain. He faces one count of possession of a firearm by an unlawful user or addict of a controlled substance.

Hunter Biden has pleaded not guilty to the charges in Delaware.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

Fox News’ Lee Roth contributed to this report.