Hunter Biden, the son of current U.S. President Joe Biden, has been summoned to present himself before a judge in Arkansas in July.
The summons allows him to argue against a possible contempt of court ruling. If he fails to convince the court, he may risk imprisonment.
Hunter is dealing with an ongoing child support case in Arkansas.
In May, the presiding judge ordered him to submit detailed financial records. This case is related to Lunden Alexis Roberts, the mother of Hunter Biden’s child.
Hunter Biden not forthcoming about his finances
On May 18, Roberts’s lawyers lodged a motion to charge the president’s son with contempt of court. They alleged that he had been less than forthcoming when questioned about his financial ability to pay child support.
Judge Holly Lodge Meyer, on June 5, issued a summons directing Hunter Biden to make a personal appearance on July 10 at the Independence County Courthouse in Batesville. He is required to provide reasons as to why he shouldn’t be held in contempt of court.
In Arkansas, contempt of court is considered a Class C misdemeanor, with possible penalties including fines and prison time.
Hunter Biden could face ‘punishment or sanctions’
In her summons, Judge Meyer warned that she could impose “punishment or sanctions” against Hunter Biden. These could include “incarceration for civil contempt until such time as the defendant fully answers discovery for a period of up to six months” and “incarceration for criminal contempt for a period of up to six months.”
Hunter Biden’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, was contacted for a response but did not reply.
In 2019, Roberts filed a lawsuit against Biden for child support. However, Biden initially denied fathering the child, but a subsequent DNA test confirmed his paternity.
In 2020, both parties agreed on an undisclosed settlement. The terms of the agreement remain confidential due to the sensitivity of the personal information they contain, including the agreed amount of monthly support and income sources.
Hunter Biden claimed a ‘change in his financial circumstances’
However, later Biden requested the court to reconsider the child support agreement, citing a change in his financial circumstances. This led to the current legal deliberations.
Hunter Biden appeared on May 1 at the Independence County Circuit Court in Batesville. During this hearing, his attorney reported that Biden had been disbursing $20,000 monthly for child support, totaling up to $750,000 since the signing of the support order.
Hunter asked to disclose more information regarding his business dealings
During this session, the judge instructed Biden to disclose information regarding his income from artwork, investments, employment, gifts from friends, and other income sources.
Roberts’s attorneys have criticized Biden’s team for their sluggishness in the discovery process and filed a motion on May 18, pushing for Biden to be held in contempt.
Clinton Lancaster, representing Roberts, criticized Biden for repeatedly failing to comply with court orders, stating that it “is a habit and a game for Mr. Biden.”
Rumors are circulating about potential federal charges against Biden concerning alleged tax and gun-related violations. The U.S. attorney’s office in Delaware has initiated an investigation into Hunter Biden’s tax matters.
Despite acknowledging past mistakes, Hunter Biden has consistently maintained his innocence concerning any criminal charges.
In an early May MSNBC interview, President Joe Biden was questioned about the potential impact on his presidency if his son were to be charged.
In response, the president expressed pride in his son and firmly maintained his belief that Hunter has “done nothing wrong.”