Hunter Biden entered a not-guilty plea to gun and tax charges on Wednesday, rejecting a revised plea deal offered by prosecutors.
The deal had been refined after the initial agreement came under scrutiny, leading to speculation about whether it sufficiently addressed possible future charges stemming from the Justice Department’s continuing investigation.
Prosecutors clarify deal scope in high-profile case, excluding FARA violations
Prosecutors clarified that the deal did not encompass potential breaches of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
Following a short court recess reported by MSNBC, the refined deal was presented, focusing solely on specific charges pertaining to tax and firearms offenses. “The two sides have agreed that this deal does not shield him from potential future charges,” as cited by CNN.
Judge delays approval of Hunter Biden’s deal, requests further briefs from parties
However, the judge did not approve the deal instantly, asking Hunter Biden and the prosecutor to provide further briefs, as observed by reporters in the courtroom.
Therefore, all parties must return to the courtroom in due course. The day concluded with Hunter Biden’s not-guilty plea.
Sen. Hawley raises concerns over Hunter Biden’s plea deal
Commenting on the proceedings, Sen. Josh Hawley suggested to CNN that the disruption implies that the plea deal was flawed and that more charges could follow.
He asserted, “It’s very telling that the judge intervened here and said basically, ‘No, I’m not going to approve some sweeping blanket deal. I mean, that tells you the court has serious concerns about other potential charges here and also the scope of the deal, which has seemed outrageous from the beginning.”
“This, I think, signals that they’re [sic] still very much potential for prosecution forward,” he added.
Hunter Biden case remains an ongoing investigation
U.S. prosecutor David Weiss confirmed last month that an FBI informant’s allegation of Biden family bribes is part of an ongoing investigation.
However, Chris Clark, Hunter Biden’s lawyer, gave the impression of a differing comprehension of the case, arguing that the plea deal would prevent any future charges outside of it.
Whistleblower accusations in Hunter’s case prompt special counsel debate
The deal’s specifics are crucial due to whistleblower accusations submitted to the IRS.
These argue that FARA violations were integral to the Hunter Biden criminal investigation, meriting a special counsel.
Breitbart News had previously disclosed that CEFC China Energy Co. A firm associated with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) had paid Hunter Biden $1 million for a legal retainer and $3.8 million as consultation fees.
Hunter Biden reportedly declined to register as a foreign agent for CEFC two months later.
Hunter Biden’s ties to Burisma raise questions on Ukraine call
Furthermore, Hunter Biden earned $83,000 per month as a board member of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company.
Evidence suggests he might have been involved in a call between then-Vice President Joe Biden and former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Poroshenko dismissed a prosecutor investigating Burisma, an act Joe Biden later boasted about.