Hunter Biden asks federal appeals court to dismiss his gun charges

Hunter Biden still faces gun and tax charges on opposite ends of the United States stemming from an IRS investigation into the first son.
Hunter Biden, Washington, D.C., Dec. 13, 2023

After a Delaware judge rejected Biden's motion to dismiss his gun charges in the state last week, the first son has appealed the rulings to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, court documents show. 

Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, faces three charges in Delaware stemming from his purchase of a firearm in 2018: one count of unlawful possession and two counts of false statements. The three motions Biden's legal team previously brought to the Delaware judge to have the charges dismissed were tossed last Friday. 

You can read Hunter Biden's appeal below, which was filed Wednesday:

U.S. District Court Judge Maryellen Noreika, a Trump appointee, disagreed with Biden's arguments that Special Counsel David Weiss–who is also prosecuting Hunter Biden on separate tax charges in California–violated the plea deal and diversion agreement the first son negotiated with the the Justice Department which would have granted him broad immunities. Judge Noreika threw out the plea agreement and Weiss subsequently charged Hunter Biden.  

In his appeal, the first son argues that the three motions he brought to dismiss the charges were improperly denied by Noreika, according to Courthouse News Service. In addition to the alleged violations of the plea agreement, Biden's lawyers claimed Weiss is an illegally appointed special counsel and that someone from outside the Justice Department should have been appointed instead. They also argued the charges against the first son were politically motivated by Donald Trump.