January 30, 2024

Hunter Biden Gun Case Search Warrants to Be Released

Delaware District Judge Maryellen Norieka has ordered the unsealing of four search warrants about the federal weapons cases against Hunter Biden, the son of President Biden.

The decision follows a request to make public the search warrants used in investigations led by special counsel David Weiss into unlawful firearm possession and tax fraud allegations against Hunter Biden.

These warrants, dating from August 2019 to December 2021, are expected to provide insights into the legal grounds for seizing Biden's electronic devices and the evidence supporting the criminal charges.

Weiss' office referenced these warrants in court papers earlier this month while opposing Hunter Biden's attempt to dismiss the charges.

Independent journalist Marcy Wheeler later sought the unsealing of these records. Both Hunter Biden's defense team and Weiss' office did not object to the release of the documents. The precise timeline for public accessibility remains unclear.

The warrants include investigations into Hunter Biden's Apple iCloud account through warrants obtained in August 2019 and July 2020.

Another warrant, from December 2019, was used to scrutinize Hunter Biden's well-known laptop. The fourth warrant, acquired on December 4, 2021, was employed to gather electronic evidence in connection with the gun-related charges, revealed nearly three months after the indictment against Hunter Biden.

In October, Hunter Biden pleaded not guilty to three federal gun charges, alleging false statements about his drug use in 2018 to purchase a gun. The charges could lead to a maximum of 25 years in prison if convicted.

Defense attorney Abbe Lowell plans to challenge the charges' constitutionality with a motion to dismiss. A federal ban on gun ownership for drug users was previously found unconstitutional by an appeals court.

Hunter Biden's legal troubles also involve a collapsed plea agreement in which he agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor tax charges.

The deal, aimed at resolving long-standing investigations into the president's son's business dealings, disintegrated after a judge raised concerns, leading to the current legal proceedings. Hunter Biden's lawyers sought to dismiss the gun-related charges in December, citing the ongoing impact of the collapsed plea agreement.

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