Hunter Biden’s legal team once threatened to bring the Big Guy, Joe Biden himself, into the court proceedings revolving around the president’s son as a witness. Chris Clark, Hunter’s former attorney, made this threat in a letter to government prosecutors back in October 2022 after news came out that the Department of Justice had accumulated enough evidence to warrant moving forward with an indictment according to Fox News. Mr. Clark warned that if the DOJ brought up Hunter’s purchase of a firearm while having a history of drug addiction then he’d bring in the president who would “unquestionably” testify in his son’s favor.
Clark wrote, “President Biden now unquestionably would be a fact witness for the defense in any criminal trial.” Clark in the letter argued that the move to indict his client by Biden’s Department of Justice would open the prospect of a “constitutional crisis” when the President who commands said department would testify in his son’s favor. To that end, Clark wrote, “[t]his of all cases justifies neither the spectacle of a sitting President testifying at a criminal trial nor the potential for a resulting Constitutional crisis.”
Clark’s departure from Hunter Biden’s legal team last week was chalked up to him being summoned as a potential witness. Clark said, “A lawyer shall not act as an advocate at a trial in which the lawyer is likely to be a necessary witness unless … disqualification of the lawyer would work substantial hardship on the client.”
The blowing up of the plea agreement over the exact scope of the immunity granted by the government toward Hunter Biden has allowed the prospect that Clark will be placed on the witness stand to talk about the terms he thought he was getting for his client. The unusually generous terms of the plea deal were observed by the judge to be “not standard” and “different from what I normally see”. The government’s attorney, Leo Wise, that helped craft the deal concurred wholly with the judge’s assessment. Mr. Wise remarked that he was unaware of any recent precedent for such a deal on such generous terms.
U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika decided that she will not be accepting the plea deal for now and gave further time for both sides to hammer out a deal with clearer terms.