Hunter Biden’s attorneys assigned blame for their failed plea agreement in a Sunday court filing after being questioned on whether government prosecutors were “incompetent.”
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Since Friday’s appointment of Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss as a special counsel related to Hunter Biden’s criminal probe, attempts to control the narrative culminated in a court filing from the defense Sunday night.
That three-page document, according to The Wall Street Journal, took aim at the prosecution and leveled it was the Justice Department that had moved to “renege on the previously agreed-upon plea agreement” related to Biden’s tax fraud.
The filing followed a motion from Weiss filed Friday to dismiss the charges “for these offenses and any other related tax offenses lies either in the Central District of California or in the District of Columbia.”
With Biden’s team expected to respond by Monday, the attorneys argued the prosecution had “largely dictated” the original agreement which they had been led to believe would “fully resolve the Government’s sprawling five-year investigation.”
The plea agreement dissolved during Biden’s late July court appearance which the legal team asserted was a result of a changed determination on immunity as their client’s “understanding of the scope of immunity agreed to by the United States is also corroborated by prosecutors’ contemporaneous written and oral communications during the plea negotiations.”
Earlier on Sunday, Abbe Lowell, an attorney for Biden, continued a media blitz and appeared on CBS News’ “Face The Nation” where he suggested a number of possibilities to host Margaret Brennan, “One, they wrote something and weren’t clear what they meant. Two, they knew what they meant and misstated it to counsel. Or third, they changed their view as they were standing in court in Delaware.”
The suggested explanation from the lawyer led Brennan to ask, “Are you saying that the government prosecutors are incompetent?”
“I didn’t use that word,” Lowell defended, “you did.”
The attorney’s lambasting of the prosecution had previously included his voiced concern “that a force other than facts or law would influence any additional decision.”
As he told CNN’s Kaitlan Collins after arguing Biden “has done everything right” with regard to the investigation, Lowell believed former President Trump could somehow impact his client’s legal outcome.
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“Well, what I’m referencing is, and this is not a surprise or a secret, right? From the moment this arrangement and agreement has been announced and filed you have every MAGA right-wing, fanatical person yelling and screaming and saying, ‘It’s not right’ and ‘It’s not fair’ and ‘It’s not just,'” the lawyer presented. “You have the former president trying to use Hunter Biden as a way to excuse his own conduct. And, at some point, that could pierce — the noise could actually be so noisy that it’d get in the way of the facts and the law. I am confident that a responsible prosecutor would not let that happen. And we’ll just have to wait and see.”
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