August 14, 2023
We’ve noted before how our two-tiered justice system seems to many times favor powerful Democrat lawmakers and politicians, ignoring their crimes while pushing forward with the prosecution of more conservative leaders facing similar allegations.
For President Joe Biden’s son Hunter, however, the tables appear to be turning.
In June, Biden received a sweet plea deal in which all he had to do was plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and enter a pretrial diversion agreement on a charge of possession of a firearm by an unlawful user. Under those terms, the younger Biden would never stand trial and would face no prison time.
Late last month, a U.S. District Judge in Delaware put the deal on hold, citing worries that there was no case law available to support such terms. Then on Sunday, Biden's lawyers announced in a court filing that the plea deal offered to the president’s son was off because of the government’s decision to “renege” on the deal.
“While counsel for the Defendant are still prepared to respond to the questions Your Honor posed at the July 26 hearing, in light of the United States’ decision on Friday to renege on the previously agreed-upon Plea Agreement, we agree that those issues are moot at this point,” Biden’s attorneys wrote in the filing.
One of Biden’s attorneys, Abbe Lowell, appeared on the Sunday news program “Face the Nation” and said prosecutors changed their decision “on the fly.”
“One, they wrote something and weren’t clear what they meant," Lowell told host Margaret Brennan "Two, they knew what they meant, and misstated it to counsel. Or third, they changed their view as they were standing in court in Delaware."
Prosecutors in the case say they intend to bring charges against the younger Biden, although at this time they aren’t saying what those charges will be. It’s possible they could be different than the charges that were mentioned in the original plea agreement.
The firearms charge of possession by an unlawful user was a lesser charge than what Biden could have been charged with. The ongoing investigation has shown that Biden lied on a federal background check when purchasing a firearm, which is punishable by up to 10 years in federal prison.
Freelance writer and editor Mark Chesnut is the owner/editorial director at Red Setter Communications LLC. An avid hunter, shooter and political observer, he has been covering Second Amendment issues and politics on a near-daily basis for nearly 25 years.