OAN’s Roy Francis
8:07 AM – Thursday, July 27, 2023
As part of his release conditions, a federal judge ordered Hunter Biden to get a job after he pleaded “not guilty” to the tax charges he was facing as his plea deal fell apart on Wednesday.
According to the order, which was handed down from United States District Judge Maryellen Noreika, Hunter must “continue or actively seek employment.”
Biden was charged in June with misdemeanors crimes after he failed to pay more than $100,000 in taxes from over $1.5 million in income in 2017 and 2018. He was expected to plead guilty and accept a plea deal which would result in two years of probation and immunity from future charges.
However, the deal fell apart after the prosecution did not provide the immunity from future charges. The prosecutors sad that an investigation into the younger Biden is ongoing and that charges may brought against him in the future in regards with not registering as a foreign agent.
After the deal fell apart, Biden pled not guilty to the charges and was granted a conditional release. Hunter must comply with all the listed conditions or risk being immediately arrested.
The conditions that Hunter must abide by include not possessing a firearm, not using or possessing any controlled substances (including marijuana) unless prescribed, not using alcohol, submitting to prohibited substances testing, participating in substance abuse therapy, actively seeking employment, and submitting to full federal supervision.
If Hunter is to violate any of the listed conditions the penalties could include immediate issuance of an arrest warrant, revocation of release, forfeiture of bond, and prosecution for contempt of court.
The turn of events came as a surprise since the deal had been the result of careful negotiations lasting over several weeks between the Justice Department and Hunter’s attorneys.
Republicans, like James Comer (R-Ky.) the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, who have previously said that Hunter was getting off easy and receiving a “sweetheart” deal agreed with District Judge Noreika’s decision saying that the previous plea deal “belongs in the trash.”
“District Judge Noreika did the right thing by refusing to rubberstamp Hunter Biden’s sweetheart plea deal,” Comer said. “But let’s be clear: Hunter’s sweetheart plea deal belongs in the trash.”
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