Hunter Biden Seeks to Subpoena Donald Trump, Bill Barr, Claiming Bias in Gun Case
Hunter Biden’s lawyers asked the judge presiding over his criminal gun case on Wednesday to authorize subpoenas for former President Donald Trump, former Attorney General Bill Barr, and two other Trump administration officials.
The request signals Hunter Biden’s legal strategy to accuse the Trump administration of political interference in his gun case, the same accusation IRS whistleblowers leveled against President Joe Biden’s Justice department in their probe of Hunter Biden for tax, gun, and potentially FARA violations.
US Attorney General William Barr (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
Hunter Biden’s lawyers asked U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika to issue several subpoenas to:
- Former acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue
- Former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen
The filing claimed:
Mr. Biden seeks specific information from three former DOJ officials and the former President that goes to the heart of his defense that this is, possibly, a vindictive or selective prosecution arising from an unrelenting pressure campaign beginning in the last administration, in violation of Mr. Biden’s Fifth Amendment rights under the Constitution.
“In the leadup to the 2020 election, IRS case files show certain investigative decisions were made ‘as a result of guidance provided’ by, among others, ‘the Deputy Attorney General’s office,’” said the filing by attorney Abbe Lowell.
The filing also highlights Barr’s recent book, in which the former attorney general alleged that Trump asked him in October 2020 about the status of the probe into Hunter Biden.
Barr claimed he said, “Dammit, Mr. President, I am not going to talk to you about Hunter Biden. Period!”
“These confirmations of communications give more than a mere appearance that President Trump improperly and unrelentingly pressured DOJ to pursue an investigation and prosecution of Mr. Biden to advance President Trump’s partisan ambitions,” the filing said.
The request also alleges House Republicans pressured now-Special Counsel David Weiss to indict the president’s son.
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