Jonathan Turley, a law professor at the George Washington University, believes that President Joe Biden must act swiftly to keep his son Hunter out of prison.
Turley presented the president with a “break the glass” alternative in a commentary for The Messenger in the event of a conviction. Hunter was only required to enter a guilty plea to two tax-related misdemeanors and accept a two-year deferral and eventual dismissal of a third gun-related charge if he maintained his drug-free status during his Wednesday court appearance.
In a federal courtroom in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika questioned the agreement’s broad immunity from future prosecution, which led to the agreement’s demise.
Despite U.S. Attorney David Weiss’ recommendation for probation without prison time, federal prosecutors denied the agreement contained any immunity from future prosecution provisions, such as violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, in response to Noreika’s questions.
Federal prosecutors informed the judge that additional offenses related to alleged FARA violations may be filed in the future, which alarmed Hunter Biden’s attorneys.
Declare vehemently, “Rip it up!” Christopher Clark, Biden’s counsel, reportedly made a statement regarding the plea agreement, as reported by ABC News.
According to reports, he then said, “As far as I’m concerned, the plea agreement is null and void,” drawing audible gasps from the jury room. Then, Hunter Biden said he would not pay the taxes.
The Western Journal then detailed the consequences for the first family should the case proceed to trial:
The case could potentially proceed to trial, and Biden could be convicted. Moreover, many embarrassing revelations about President Joe Biden could arise during the course of the trial, especially in light of recent whistleblower testimony before the House Oversight Committee.
The president and Hunter Biden are each accused of accepting $5 million in bribes from the Ukrainian energy company Burisma while the elder Biden served as vice president, according to an FBI form viewed by the Oversight Committee.
Joe Biden could use his presidential pardon authority to eliminate all of this.
Even though Biden would never be found culpable by the Senate’s Democratic majority, this will not prevent the House from impeaching him. However, Turley noted in his column that Hunter’s shortcomings will be a political burden for his father.
The “break the glass option,” then, becomes this, Turley noted: “Joe Biden could pardon his son and then announce that he will not run for reelection.”
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
“Facing an impeachment inquiry, low public support, and a son in the legal dock, Biden could use the case to close out his political career,” Turley noted. CONTINUE READING…