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 August 22, 2023

Three additional Hunter Biden attorneys withdraw from the case

Three additional defense attorneys for Hunter Biden withdrew from the case on Friday, following the withdrawal of primary counsel Chris Clark last week.

After the judge rejected the plea agreement on August 17, Latham & Watkins LLP attorneys Brian C. McManus, Timothy H. McCarten, and Matthew S. Salerno requested permission to withdraw from the case, as Breitbart News reported.

Prosecutors anticipate that the case will proceed to trial, which will likely take place in Delaware or California.

“Brian C. McManus, counsel for the Defendant, Robert Hunter Biden, and respectfully requests this Honorable Court to withdraw all appearances for the law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP as counsel for the Defendant in the above-captioned matter,” the motion reads.

“Mr. Biden has been advised of, and consents to, our withdrawal. He also agrees this withdrawal will cause no material adverse effect or prejudice to him and remains completely satisfied with Messrs. Lowell’s and Jones’s continued representation of him,” the document continues.

“Abbe David Lowell of Winston & Strawn LLP has appeared in the above-captioned case as counsel for Mr. Biden and will continue representing him in this matter through its conclusion,” the motion says. “Mr. Lowell is an accomplished defense lawyer and consents to this Motion.”

The previous week, special counsel David Weiss said that the favorable plea agreement reached with Hunter Biden had been "withdrawn" and was therefore null and void. On August 17, the judge made the decision to formally reject the plea offer.

The judge's investigation of the plea offer caused it to fall apart, which threw a kink into the accord that Weiss and Hunter Biden had worked so hard to establish.

Because of the arrangement, Hunter Biden was able to enter a guilty plea for failing to pay taxes on income totaling more than $1.5 million in 2017 and 2018, and in exchange for his guilty plea, he would serve probation rather than time in jail.

Additionally, Weiss crafted a second diversion deal that granted Hunter Biden protection from any potential future prosecution.

This arrangement included a provision that effectively removed a felony firearms violation from Hunter's record.

The attorneys representing Hunter Biden attempted to argue that the conditions of the "diversion agreement" included in the plea deal should be maintained in their current state.

The attorneys also argued that Weiss should abide by the shady bargain, arguing that the government "reneged" on a "previously agreed-upon Plea Agreement."

They suggested that Weiss should not break the agreement.

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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