Hunter Biden’s lawyer defends plea deal, claims investigation was comprehensive.

Attorney Insists Hunter Biden Case Was Thoroughly Investigated

Chris Clark, the attorney who represented Hunter Biden in a recent criminal investigation, is pushing back against claims that the case against the Democratic president’s son ended with a lenient plea deal.

On Tuesday, Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss informed the U.S. District Court that Biden planned to plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts for willful failure to pay taxes and for obtaining a firearm while using a controlled substance. The tax charges carry a maximum penalty of 12 months in prison, while the firearm charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. However, a pretrial diversion agreement could potentially help Biden avoid a criminal conviction and punishment.

Clark joined MSNBC host Katy Tur to discuss the plea agreement and address criticisms from Republican critics, including House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy claimed that the charges Biden pleaded guilty to were minimal and that the deal amounted to a mere “slap on the wrist.”

“This was a five-year, diligent investigation conducted by highly professional prosecutors, some of whom have been career prosecutors, and one of whom was appointed by Republican President Donald Trump,” Clark responded. “No one has ever questioned their competence, skill, or dedication. To say otherwise would be false.”

Weiss, who became the U.S. Attorney for Delaware in 2018 and was appointed by Trump, has faced scrutiny for the outcome of the case. Tur pointed out that the investigation reportedly involved counterintelligence matters and potential violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act and money laundering. Despite this, the result was a plea deal for two misdemeanor tax counts.

“That’s the resolution we have. Mr. Biden will take responsibility for failing to pay his taxes on time for those two years, and there will be a diversion regarding the 10-day period in which he possessed a gun,” Clark explained.

Republicans Criticize ‘Two-Tier’ Justice System

In a press statement, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy compared Hunter Biden’s plea deal to the recent federal indictment against former President Trump. McCarthy argued that while the Department of Justice aggressively pursued Trump, Biden received a lenient treatment.

Trump, who is currently leading in the 2024 Republican presidential primary polling, also condemned the plea deal for Hunter Biden. He expressed his frustration on his Truth social media account, stating, “The corrupt Biden DOJ just cleared up hundreds of years of criminal liability by giving Hunter Biden a mere ‘traffic ticket.’ Our system is BROKEN!”

Prior to the plea deal, Trump had predicted that the DOJ would go easy on Hunter Biden to make their actions against him appear fair.

Fairness For Hunter Biden

During the interview, Tur mentioned reports suggesting that Weiss would not seek imprisonment for Hunter Biden after the plea deal. She asked Clark if he believed a federal judge might impose a harsher sentence.

“There are still undisclosed documents, and we have to wait for the court proceeding to know for sure. However, I trust that the judge will do what’s fair, and what’s fair is for my client to move on with his life,” Clark replied.

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