Tuesday, the main defense counsel for Hunter Biden asked to be removed from the tax and gun case against him.
CNN announced Christopher Clark, Biden’s longstanding personal attorney, requested to “withdraw as counsel” in a petition filed with the Delaware court after his plea agreement was denied.
“Mr. Biden will continue to be represented by other firms that have entered an appearance on behalf of Mr. Biden, and therefore has ample counsel,” the document read.
The document referenced a statute that prohibits attorneys from representing clients when they are “likely to be a necessary witness,” indicating Biden’s legal situation could become more complex.
“Based on recent developments, it appears that the negotiation and drafting of the plea agreement and diversion agreement will be contested, and Mr. Clark is a percipient witness to those issues,” Biden’s legal team argued.
Hunter Biden’s lead criminal defense attorney Christopher Clark filed a motion to withdraw from the case in the wake of his failed plea deal citing he could now be called as a witness in future proceedings pic.twitter.com/0F7BaFHSqA
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U.S. Attorney David Weiss offered Biden a bargain that would have spared him prison time for tax evasion and also for purchasing a firearm while addicted to narcotics.
The agreement disintegrated under the scrutiny of Judge Maryellen Noreika.
Last week, Weiss requested that Attorney General Merrick Garland appoint him as special counsel in a broader Biden-related case, and the request was granted.
Three years ago, the U.S. attorney was assigned to investigate the son of President Joe Biden, but has been accused of dragging his feet.
Gary Shapley, an IRS whistleblower, revealed the contents of a message that Hunter Biden allegedly sent to a Chinese business partner earlier in the summer.
In the message, the president’s son intimated that he was in need of payment and that his father was present.
The Biden family is accused of participating in an influence-peddling conspiracy that dates back to Joe Biden’s time as vice president.
According to National Review, Shapley was not the only government official who allegedly sent communications connecting Joe Biden to his family’s business.
The news source reported on Monday that Weiss was aware of the message as early as 2020, but chose not to pursue an indictment.
Hunter Biden sent the following message to a Chinese industrialist named Henry Zhao:
“I am sitting here with my father and we would like to understand why the commitment has not been fulfilled. Tell the director that I would like to resolve this now before it gets out of hand, and now means tonight.
“And, Z, if I get a call or text from anyone involved in this other than you, Zhang, or the chairman, I will make certain that between the man sitting next to me and every person he knows and my ability to forever hold a grudge that you will regret not following my direction. I am sitting here waiting for the call with my father.”
Evidence from Hunter’s laptop suggested he was nearby his father’s residence on the day the message was sent.