Hunter Biden’s attorney is asking a federal judge to dismiss three federal gun charges, saying a previous agreement with prosecutors gives him immunity.
Abbe Lowell, an attorney for Hunter Biden, claimed the special counsel was “unlawfully appointed” and lacked authority to bring the charges.
“These charges are unprecedented, unconstitutional and violate the agreement the U.S. Attorney made with Mr. Biden and DOJ’s own regulations,” Lowell said in a statement. “This is not how an independent investigation is supposed to work, and these charges should be dismissed.”
The news comes after special counsel David Weiss brought nine additional gun-related charges last week.
The charges include six misdemeanor tax offenses and if convicted Hunter Biden faces up to 17 years in prison.
“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 the tax year 2018 when he filed false returns,” Weiss’ office said in a news release.
Lowell responded to the charges in a statement, saying, that if the president’s son’s “last name was anything other than Biden, the charges in Delaware, and now California, would not have been brought.”
“I wrote U.S. Attorney Weiss days ago seeking a customary meeting to discuss this investigation. The response was media leaks today that these charges were being filed,” said Lowell.
“All these issues will now be addressed in various courts, the first to occur this Monday when the prosecutors knew our motions to dismiss their first set of questionable charges would be filed,” Lowell added.
The indictment alleges that Hunter Biden earned millions of dollars from foreign dealings in Ukraine, Romania, and China and “spent millions of dollars on an extravagant lifestyle at the same time he chose not to pay his taxes.”