Here's what's new: Abby Rowell, the lawyer for eldest son Hunter Biden, argued Monday that his client was indicted because of his proximity to power, not in spite of it. .
“That's because he's the son of a president named Biden,” Lowell told MSNBC following an indictment against the 53-year-old Biden handed down last week by a Southern California grand jury convened by special counsel David Weiss. He told “Morning Joe.'' “Republicans have… tried again and again to say President Biden did something wrong. They can't find a shred of evidence.”
“What they were able to do was basically say, 'Okay, we're not going to get the president, so we're going to smear his son in a way that suggests there's something going on between the two of them.' That's true,” Lowell added.
“I wouldn't be surprised if they looked into that time when Hunter was 11 years old and took a piece of bubble gum at a stationery store and see if they could prosecute that,” Rowell gloated about the charges. Ta.
In an indictment filed Thursday, Hunter Biden faces nine tax-related charges, including three felonies, for allegedly evading $1.4 million in payments owed to Uncle Sam between 2016 and 2019. has been accused of.
The eldest son is also charged in Delaware with three charges related to illegal possession of a firearm while addicted to crack cocaine and two misdemeanor tax charges that were covered in a plea deal that fell apart in July. .
Republicans argued that the Justice Department showed favoritism to the first family by shutting down its investigative division and ignoring evidence that could have implicated the president, based on testimony from two IRS whistleblowers. .
Rowell insisted Monday that Weiss “didn't” increase the charges against his client. [because of] It's not a change in the law, it's a change in the facts, but it's the tremendous pressure Republicans have put on House committee chairs from former President Trump to do more.
“That's not the way it's supposed to be done.”
Lowell claimed her eldest son was simply behind on his taxes and had struggled with drug addiction following the death of his younger brother Beau from a brain tumor in 2015.
“As everyone knows, [he was] His underlying addiction to crack cocaine explains many of his illegal activities, and whether he was involved in a so-called “conspiracy”. “There is,” Lowell said.
Weiss was promoted to special prosecutor by Attorney General Merrick Garland on August 11, shortly after a wrist-slap plea deal against Hunter collapsed in Delaware federal court.
Even some Democrats, like Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), have indicated that they believe Hunter Biden's actions merit prosecution.
Rowell further complained Monday that prosecutors did not notify the defense in advance that new charges were planned.
“They didn't say anything. Granted, this was a complete surprise to us even though we had been in contact with them,” Lowell further said, adding that the client had enough He claimed to have suffered.
“He has extraordinary accountability,” the lawyer said. “First of all, he almost died.”
“If the U.S. attorney had continued to follow through with what was supposed to happen in June, there would have been accountability,” he said. “It's not on” [Hunter] Something bad happened after that day. ”
House Republicans launched an impeachment inquiry against the president on September 12 to determine whether he improperly profited from his family's overseas businesses.
Investigators subpoenaed Hunter and his eldest son, James Biden, for a private interview this month, but have not yet agreed on a date for the sit-in.
Lowell has offered his client to testify publicly, but Republicans are insisting he take a deposition first.
“We'll see how it goes because Mr. Hunter has raised all the appropriate and relevant questions,” the lawyer said. And we should do that.”