Hunter Biden’s lawyers said Tuesday that Biden will plead not guilty to federal gun charges in a letter arguing for Biden’s first court appearance to be conducted via video conference.
Abby Lowell, a prominent lawyer defending Hunter Biden, said: wrote a letter in support of biden tuesday motion He is scheduled to make a video appearance before the press conference.Judge Christopher J. Burke, Federal Judge of the District of Delaware ordered Biden will make his first appearance via video on Tuesday at a time convenient to the court. (Related: Here’s all the evidence linking Joe Biden and Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings)
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“He will waive the reading of the indictment, whether in person or virtually, but the indictment is only a few pages long and could easily be read via video conference. Biden also entered a not guilty plea. “There’s no reason why he can’t say those two words by videoconference. In short, Mr. Biden is satisfied that his constitutional rights will be met by making his first appearance by videoconference,” Lowell said. he wrote.
Lowell promised that Biden would be present at all proceedings if appearances were required. He also noted the disruption Biden’s appearance could cause in downtown Wilmington, Delaware, because of Biden’s knowledge of the Secret Service. (Related: Hunter Biden’s lawyer presses David Weiss on IRS whistleblower shortly after special counsel appointment)
NEW: Hunter Biden’s lawyers ask court to allow entry of not guilty plea by video because, among other reasons, his Secret Service details could cause confusion for local residents .
That apparently wasn’t enough to save Trump from having to go in person. pic.twitter.com/Uv3ia1FF7M
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“For these reasons, Mr. Biden also said that when Secret Service-protected individuals fly across the country and then travel to and from airports, they are not an unnecessary burden on government resources or a burden on courthouses or downtown areas. “We are asking for this process to minimize disruption to our downtown location,” Rowell said.
“This includes agents and vehicles in California and Delaware, as well as agents who must accompany them on the plane. Additionally, as the court recognized in a previous appearance, security requires It also requires closing local roads in downtown Wilmington, advance coordination with local law enforcement and the U.S. Marshals Service, and several other logistical challenges.”
Biden was indicted on September 14 on three charges related to the purchase of a Colt Cobra revolver in October 2018 while he was high on drugs. The younger Biden faces up to 25 years in prison on two counts of making false statements and one count of knowingly possessing a firearm while a drug addict.
Hunter Biden pleaded not guilty to two counts of tax-related misconduct in July after a plea deal collapsed in court under scrutiny from U.S. District Court Judge Maryellen Noreika of Delaware. Biden’s lawyers and the Department of Justice (DOJ) quarreled over the scope of a waiver included in a pretrial diversion agreement for a firearms felony, resulting in the collapse of Biden’s plea deal.
Hunter Biden’s lawyers argued that the diversion agreement remained legally valid, but the Justice Department challenged that idea in an August court filing.
Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss, who was appointed special prosecutor in the Hunter Biden case on August 11, plans to drop two misdemeanor tax charges so that he could be charged in another jurisdiction. moved to Ms. Noreika granted Weiss’ request and the charges were dismissed without prejudice.