In a heated exchange on MSNBC, Hunter Biden’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, fiercely defended President Joe Biden’s son amidst new charges. The interview delved into the intricacies and political implications of Hunter’s ongoing legal battles.
While addressing questions, Lowell insisted that Hunter’s treatment by the media and legal system is uniquely severe due to his familial connection to the President.
“I mean, it’s because his last name is Biden, but it’s not like they’re going after, you know, some distant cousin. It’s because he is the son of the president who’s named Biden,” Lowell said.
“But did he file a false return? Did he evade taxes? Yes or no?” Mika Brzezinski pressed.
“It’s not a yes or no,” Lowell snapped. “I don’t think the government will be able to prove in any way that Hunter owed taxes in that year. So you can’t ask a yes-or-no question on a complex area of law. What you can say is Hunter was late in filing and paying taxes in certain years. That is a given as are millions and millions of Americans who do the same thing.”
Hunter’s struggles with addiction and his efforts to take accountability for his actions were also highlighted. Lowell pointed out that Hunter has been open about his past missteps, including in his book, and argued that his client should not be singularly targeted for issues that affect millions of Americans.
“The difference is millions and millions of Americans who do the same thing are not then confronted with a 56 page nine-count indictment,” Lowell said.
The interview concluded with Lowell affirming his intent to file motions to dismiss the charges against Hunter in Delaware. He remained firm in his stance that the legal challenges faced by Hunter are not only a matter of law but are deeply entwined with political motivations.
On December 7, Hunter was officially indicted in the Central District of California for Federal Tax charges. The president’s son is facing a total of nine additional tax-related charges, including allegations that the president’s son failed to pay taxes, failed to file, evaded an assessment and filed a fraudulent form.
The 56-page filing alleges that Biden spent money on an “extravagant lifestyle” rather than pay his taxes.
The case was assigned to Judge Mark Scarsi, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, according to a report from NBC News. Hunter could be facing upwards of 19 years in prison, according to Special Counsel David Weiss’ office.
In October, Hunter Biden pleaded not guilty to in October to federal gun charges in U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware after being charged by Weiss, who has worked on the case for years as a U.S. attorney.
“According to the indictment, Hunter Biden engaged in a four-year scheme in which he chose not to pay at least $1.4 million in self-assessed federal taxes he owed for tax years 2016 through 2019 and to evade the assessment of taxes for tax year 2018 when he filed false returns,” Weiss’ office said in a press release.
Hunter was initially slated to plead guilty to a number of lesser charges earlier this year, though the deal was ultimately scrapped after Biden-appointed officials were found to have meddled in the investigation. Weiss was then appointed as special counsel and opted to bring the gun charges first.
As the case against Hunter Biden continues to unfold, it remains a focal point of national attention.