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By Sarah May on
 February 17, 2023

Hunter Biden's Connecticut law license in administrative suspension

Though for years, Hunter Biden worked – at least nominally – as a high-powered lawyer capable of snagging lucrative engagement with Chinese energy executives and other deep-pocketed international clients, it appears that his law license in the state of Connecticut, remains in a state of administrative suspension, as Breitbart reports.

According to the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch website, the first son's license was initially suspended in 2021 for “failure to pay the Client Security Fund fee” as required and was then suspended for the same reason on two other occasions.

The most recent suspension came in June of 2022, with no reinstatement having occurred since the initial action the prior year.

As Breitbart notes, the aforementioned Client Security Fund fee totals $75 per year, and in order to regain his license, Biden will need to pay those outstanding amounts as well as another $75 reinstatement fee.

The Connecticut Practice Book explains that the Client Security Fund fee is meant to “promote public confidence in the judicial system and the integrity of the legal profession by reimbursing clients, to the extent provided for by these rules, for losses resulting from the dishonest conduct of attorneys practicing law in this state.”

Though Biden may be precluded from working as a lawyer in Connecticut, he also holds a law license in Washington, D.C., as Breitbart notes, though his status there, until recently, remained somewhat nebulous.

A look through the D.C. Bar's membership records revealed that Biden was first admitted to practice in that jurisdiction back in 2007, though an inquiry from Breitbart about whether his status in Connecticut would impact his license in the nation's capital, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel strangely replied that he was not a member.

Similar information was noted by the Associated Press back in 2014 when that organization failed to turn up any official evidence in the D.C. Bar's records indicating that Hunter Biden was a member, but after a follow-up inquiry from Breitbart, the organization claimed that it initially conducted a flawed search and that the president's son did indeed hold a license there.

While it is often the case that discipline of any sort in one licensing jurisdiction requires reporting to any other in which a lawyer holds a license, but in this instance, the administrative nature of the issue in Connecticut negated such a need, according to Breitbart.

The outlet quoted former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy who offered something of a possible explanation for Biden's situation, saying, “Obviously, the failure to pay a $75 fee could just be an oversight – not uncommon with lawyers who do their own bookkeeping and aren't good at it.”

“In general, I don't think there is anything unethical about failing to pay a fee; it would be unethical to practice without a license, so to the extent the fee is a condition of the license that could be relevant,” McCarthy added.

The suspension of his Connecticut law license is likely the least of Hunter Biden's worries at the moment, considering that House Republican probes of his family's business dealings show no sign of letting up anytime soon.

The House Oversight Committee, led by Rep. Jim Comer (R-KY) recently issued requests for documents, communications, financial information, contracts, and other materials from Hunter Biden, his uncle James Biden, and their business associate Eric Schwerin pertaining to a host of foreign business entanglements in which they – and potentially the president – were involved, as The Hill reported.

Though Hunter Biden's attorney, Abbe Lowell, refused that demand and argued that the Oversight panel has no legitimate legislative purpose for seeking the records the first son clearly wants to keep hidden, Comer has vowed that the committee plans to “use all tools at its disposal” to get them in the end, and in the estimation of legal scholar Jonathan Turley, stands a good chance of succeeding.

Written By:
Sarah May

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