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Hunter Biden Plea Deal Dead, He Enters ‘Not Guilty Plea

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Hunter Biden has pleaded not guilty on tax charges after his anticipated plea deal collapsed.

The anticipated plea deal of Hunter Biden collapsed as both federal prosecutors and the defense could not reach an agreement.

Initially, the judge overseeing the hearing said she had “concerns” about the parties linking the tax plea agreement to a deal for a felony gun charge. Hunter Biden pleaded “not guilty” to all his charges after the judge removed immunity from further prosecutions as part of his proposed plea deal.

“Judge Maryellen Noreika did not accept the plea agreement, questioning the constitutionality–specifically the diversion clause and the immunity Hunter Biden would receive. The judge pressed federal prosecutors on the investigation and questioned whether there was the possibility for future charges, and asked prosecutors if Hunter Biden was currently under active investigation. Prosecutors said he was, but would not answer specifically what the president’s son is under investigation for,” Fox News reported.

“Prosecutors on Wednesday said Hunter Biden pleading guilty to the two misdemeanor tax offenses would not immunize him from future charges. The judge asked whether a potential violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act was under consideration, but prosecutors were tight-lipped on the matter. The judge put the court in recess and asked that federal prosecutors and Biden’s legal team discuss the plea deal, telling the court that they did not appear to be in agreement on the terms,” the outlet reported.

Republican Sen. Josh Hawley told CNN the back-and-forth in court shows the deal was flawed and that more charges could be coming down.

“It’s very telling that the judge intervened here and said basically, ‘No, I’m not going to approve some sweeping blanket deal,’” the Republican from Missouri said. “I mean, that tells you the court has serious concerns about other potential charges here, and also the scope of the deal, which has seemed outrageous from the beginning. This, I think, signals that they’re still very much as potential for prosecution forward.”

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It was previously reported said that an official from the Department of Justice claimed there are discussions about postponing finalizing Hunter Biden’s plea deal as scrutiny over what many believe is a slap on the wrist continued, The Daily Mail reported.

Republicans were asking for the judge who had to decide whether or not to accept the plea deal to nix it as questions continued to surround Attorney Merrick Garland and his involvement, if any in the case.

The Attorney General informed Congress that he did not involve himself in the Hunter Biden case but not everyone believes that.

Now the Heritage Foundation is suing the Department of Justice for not releasing records of communications from Delaware prosecutor David Weiss’ under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Mail reported:

A court filing by the Foundation last week documented a June 29 phone call between their lawyer and DoJ counsel Jason Lynch, in which the Justice official allegedly made the stunning admission.

Foundation lawyer Samuel Dewey pointed out to the DoJ attorney that they could ask the federal judge in Hunter’s criminal case for his July 26 plea hearing to be delayed, to give them more time to process and release Weiss’ records and allow scrutiny of the prosecutorial bargain.

‘DoJ Counsel indicated that Plaintiffs were ‘’absolutely right’’ that the Department could file such a motion and that DoJ Counsel would take that point back to the ‘District’ (presumably speaking of the District of Delaware),” the attorney said.

That has some presuming that the Department of Justice is considering changing or nixing the plea agreement.

“They have the capability to move the plea deal, though they didn’t indicate any likelihood they would,” Mike Howell, the Heritage Foundation Oversight Director, said to DailyMail.com.

“The public has an interest to assess for themselves: is this a sweetheart deal? It certainly appears to be.

“This information needs to be out and it’s in the public interest for it to be out prior to any plea being signed off on,” he said.

Howell stated that the Foundation is actively seeking corroborating evidence to support the whistleblowers’ assertions that Weiss faced obstacles in prosecuting the crimes of the First Son in various districts, including Central California and Washington D.C.

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Garland informed the Senate that Weiss possessed the necessary authority to prosecute Hunter for crimes across the United States. But, during a congressional hearing, IRS investigators testified that Weiss encountered obstacles from prosecutors appointed by Biden in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, which prevented him from pursuing felony tax charges.

“If the whistleblowers are correct, U.S. Attorney Weiss’ Office should have responsive records that will corroborate the whistleblowers,” Dewey wrote in his filing.

“There are events so grave—so essential—to our constitutional order that if we are to keep our Republic, the American people must have a full accounting of the facts,” he added. “A state of affairs where there is a substantial question as to whether the Attorney General misled Congress is intolerable. That is why production of the records sought by Plaintiffs is essential. And why it is essential now.”

The Department of Justice said that it could agree to show some of the records but that it would not happen prior to Hunter Biden’s plea deal hearing.

But after the judge “signs off on the deal – the details of which are still secret – it is unlikely it can be reversed,” The Mail said.

An attorney for Hunter Biden, Chris Clark, said the deal showed that Hunter was “taking responsibility.”

“Hunter will take responsibility for two instances of failure to file tax payments when due,” he said.

“I know Hunter believes it is important to take responsibility for these mistakes he made during a period of turmoil and addiction in his life. He looks forward to continuing his recovery and moving forward,” he said.

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