Hunter Biden is requesting that a judge deny his request for a vast collection of documents pertaining to former President Donald Trump in order to support his defense that the charges currently levied against him are the result of selective prosecution, as requested by special counsel David Weiss.
NBC reports that, in subpoenaing documents from Trump, former Attorney General William Barr, former acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue, and former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, Hunter Biden’s attorneys requested the authority to do so.
The lawyers said Hunter Biden’s defense is that the charges stem from “possibly a vindictive or selective prosecution arising from an unrelenting pressure campaign beginning in the last administration,” according to CNN.
There are three federal felony firearms accusations against Hunter Biden. A plea agreement to completely abstain from charges against Hunter Biden was voided in August, resulting in the initiation of fresh charges and the indictment of Weiss. Under Weiss’s leadership as U.S. Attorney for Delaware during the Trump administration, the preliminary inquiry into Hunter Biden was conducted. Following the failure of the plea agreement, he was appointed special counsel to examine the activities of Hunter Biden.
According to a filing by Weiss, Hunter Biden’s proposal ought to be discarded entirely.
“His motion is meritless and should be denied,” the document filed by Weiss’s office said, calling it an “unsupported, improper attempt to circumvent the rules applicable to criminal subpoenas.”
“Defendant’s attempts to manufacture discriminatory treatment or intent on behalf of the U.S. Attorney fall apart under the most minimal scrutiny,” the filing said, saying the request for the documents was “notably deficient.”
The filing noted that the timing of the charges filed contradicts Hunter Biden’s claims that he was charged because Trump was out to get him.
“[N]ot only does defendant’s motion fail to identify any actual evidence of bias, vindictiveness, or discriminatory intent on the Special Counsel’s part, his arguments ignore an inconvenient truth: No charges were brought against defendant during the prior administration when the subpoena recipients actually held office in the Executive Branch,” the filing said.
“Defendant has not shown, nor can he, how external statements by political opponents of President Biden improperly pressured him, his Attorney General, or the Special Counsel to pursue charges against the President’s son,” the filing said.
“In addition to offering no evidence that the now-Special Counsel had any animus or improper motivation against defendant, he offers no evidence that the current Attorney General acted out of any improper motive in empowering the Special Counsel to continue pursuing prosecution,” the filing said.
Additionally, the filing noted that Hunter Biden has made the conduct that led to the allegations against him extremely public.
“Defendant himself acknowledged committing criminal conduct relevant to this case when he authored a book admitting that he was addicted to crack cocaine in 2018, the year in which he illegally purchased a gun,” the filing said.
According to Fox News, Weiss, who oversaw the initial investigation into Hunter Biden, was criticized by Internal Revenue Service whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler, who claimed the investigation was tainted by politics.
Shapley said, “at every stage” decisions made by those in charge “had the effect of benefiting the subject of the investigation.”
Ziegler has said that Hunter Biden “should have been charged with a tax felony, and not only the tax misdemeanor charge” and that communications reviewed during the probe “may be a contradiction to what President Biden was saying about not being involved in Hunter’s overseas business dealings.”
Shapley and Ziegler are expected to provide testimony on Tuesday during a closed-door session of the House Ways and Means Committee, which is conducting an investigation into the financial affairs of the Biden family.