A Republican senator is demanding answers and a disciplinary inquiry into Hunter Biden’s legal team after one of his attorneys called into the court clerk, allegedly claiming to be on the opposing side.
US District Judge Maryellen Noreika flat-out accused the attorney of lying about the incident while Biden’s attorneys claimed it was all just a misunderstanding.
Sen. Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.) isn’t buying that and fully believes that corruption is at play. He wants it investigated.
“I’ve heard from countless Americans who are concerned our justice system is being weaponized against President Biden’s political opponents while his son gets preferential treatment,” Ricketts told Fox News Digital via a statement.
“There needs to be accountability for any misconduct or favoritism, including Hunter Biden’s own legal team. Faith in our justice system has been gravely damaged by the Biden administration’s mishandling of recent cases and restoring its integrity is essential,” he contended.
The judge threatened sanctions against Biden’s legal team this week in an order after calling out Latham & Watkins attorney Jessica Bengels because she allegedly “misrepresented her identity and who she worked for in an attempt to improperly convince the Clerk’s Office” to have a key document removed from Hunter Biden’s criminal tax case.
According to the order, Bengals called the clerk’s office “pretending” to be with the attorneys working with the House Republican Ways & Means Committee.
The first son’s legal team wrote a letter to the judge asserting that the whole sordid affair was “an unfortunate and unintentional miscommunication between a staff member at our firm and employees of the Court.”
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Ricketts wants to launch an ethics probe into Bengels and lead lawyer Christopher Clark and is calling on courts in both New York and Washington, D.C., where Hunter Biden’s lawyers are licensed to practice, to facilitate it.
“I write to you regarding the apparent unethical conduct of members of the New York State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar. As you know, the cornerstone of the legal profession is ethics. All legal professionals, lawyers and non-lawyers alike, are expected to maintain strict standards for the protection of colleagues, clients, and the court,” Ricketts wrote in his letter that was sent out on Friday.
“I am asking both the New York Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the First Department and the District of Columbia’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel to take swift action to examine the actions of attorneys Christopher Clark and Jessica L. Bengels,” he announced.
This sweetheart deal for Hunter Biden was a farce from the beginning. He should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. https://t.co/rh3hQjKD69
— Senator Pete Ricketts (@SenatorRicketts) July 26, 2023
Ricketts’ letter follows the plea agreement between Hunter Biden and US attorneys in essence falling apart this week.
“While the exact details of this matter are uncertain, it appears an ethical line was crossed,” he charged. “Regardless of whether or not it was Ms. Bengels or another staff member at Latham & Watkins who called the clerk, the circumstances surrounding the incident demand an investigation.”
“Furthermore, it was the responsibility of Biden’s lead lawyer, Christopher Clark, to ensure his team conducted themselves in a manner consistent with the Rules of Professional Conduct. It is the responsibility of courts, legislatures, and state bars to ensure that members of the profession adhere to the Rules of Professional Conduct,” the senator asserted.
“Therefore, I ask both the New York Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the First Department and the District of Columbia’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel to open investigations into the conduct of both Christopher Clark and Jessica Bengels,” Ricketts concluded.
Scandal in Delaware on eve of Hunter Biden plea deal. Judge Noreika has given Hunter’s lawyers to 9pm to explain why they should not be SANCTIONED for “misrepresentations to the Court… to improperly convince the Clerk’s Office to remove [GOP lawyer] materials from the docket” pic.twitter.com/h7SpGTMQKs
— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) July 25, 2023
Noreika ordered on Friday that “any issues or inquiries” in the case “shall be brought to my attention and not to the Clerk’s Office.”
“The Clerk’s Office for this Court is staffed by many hardworking and dedicated employees,” she wrote in her order. “They are often the public face of this Court and must address many different, and often difficult, issues on any given day. Their jobs are not always easy, but they do these jobs well. They have earned my trust and my respect. I will not tolerate or countenance them being ill-used, disrespected, or lied to.”
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