(TheIndependentStar.com) – Showcasing his desperation, Hunter Biden, son of Joe Biden, and his defense attorneys, Abbe Lowell and Bartholomew Dalton, have initiated a conceited legal maneuver in the face of mounting legal scrutiny.
They have filed a motion requesting a federal judge to issue subpoenas to prominent figures, including former President Donald Trump, former Attorney General Bill Barr, and other Department of Justice (DOJ) officials.
The subpoenas aim to uncover any records or communications about the investigation into Hunter Biden, which began in 2018.
The defense team alleges a sustained campaign by the former president to use the DOJ to pursue Hunter Biden for political gains. In a statement, Lowell and Dalton claim “an almost-nonstop public pressure campaign” was orchestrated by Trump to exploit the Hunter Biden investigation for his “partisan ambitions.”
The claim is anchored in various public statements, social media posts, and congressional testimonies that suggest a concerted effort to influence the DOJ’s probe.
This legal request includes a comprehensive list of documents, including diaries, journals, memoirs, memos, and notes from January 20, 2017, to the present. The defense is particularly interested in the tenure of senior DOJ officials who assumed office after the investigation’s commencement in November 2018. These officials include Barr, who took office in February 2019, Jeffrey Rosen, and Richard Donoghue.
Significant in this context is Barr’s own admission in a 2020 ABC News interview, where he stated that President Trump never directly asked him to intervene in criminal cases. Barr’s 2022 memoir, “One Damn Thing After Another,” further highlights his refusal to discuss the Hunter Biden investigation with Trump.
Lowell and Dalton also claim that the pressure on the DOJ wasn’t solely internal. They point to actions by House Republicans, particularly House Ways and Means Chairman Jason Smith and House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, as part of an alleged effort to undermine the DOJ’s independence through their investigations into the Bidens.
Asserting that their subpoena request is supposedly not a “fishing expedition,” the defense argues that it is central to establishing the potential for a vindictive or selective prosecution that could violate Hunter Biden’s Fifth Amendment rights. They have requested all records by December 1, ahead of pre-trial motions.
Hunter Biden faces a trial next year after being indicted on charges related to falsifying information on a federal gun purchase form. He may also confront tax fraud charges related to his earnings between 2017 and 2018. Concurrently, House Republicans have launched an impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden over alleged abuses of office and profiting from his son’s business dealings.