CNN Legal panelist Elie Honig gave a rebuttal to Hunter Biden’s lawyer’s claim that his client was being indicted because his last name is “Biden.”
The Justice Department indicted Hunter Biden on nine charges stemming from his failure to pay his taxes. The first son now faces at least 17 years in prison if convicted of those offenses.
The latest indictment against Hunter Biden reveals that the first son spent more than $850,000 on “adult entertainment” and payments to “various women” in just a four-year span covering 2016-2019.
In that same period, he paid no taxes at all despite receiving millions from… pic.twitter.com/RVJ4iqpSUf
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) December 8, 2023
Hunter’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, argued that the charges against his client were politically motivated and would not have been brought if Hunter was not a Biden.
“Based on the facts and the law, if Hunter’s last name was anything other than Biden, the charges in Delaware, and now California, would not have been brought,” Lowell said in a statement. “First, U.S. Attorney Weiss bowed to Republican pressure to file unprecedented and unconstitutional gun charges to renege on a non-prosecution resolution.”
Hunter Biden is trying to play the victim with this 2nd indictment.. give me a break! pic.twitter.com/d5DNy3km2c
— Jeanine Pirro (@JudgeJeanine) December 8, 2023
Honig, while speaking on CNN, disagreed with Lowell’s claim while noting that the first son was ready to plead guilty to those charges for a lesser sentence in July.
“I don’t think [that’s true],” Honig said in response to Lowell’s claim. “It may be true with respect to – remember there’s another case, there’s a gun case out of Delaware that deals Hunter Biden possessing a firearm five years ago for about two weeks and it ends up in a dumpster, and he never uses it, I have serious questions about whether DOJ would ever bring a case like that against anyone else. I would not have authorized that charge. This tax case is different though, this is $1.4 million in alleged tax loss, which is not a blockbuster case by federal tax crimes standards, but it’s not nothing either, it’s a fairly routine type of DOJ tax case. We’re in a different stratosphere with this new indictment than we were before with respect to Hunter Biden’s tax problems. Let’s remember, back in July Hunter Biden walked into court and was minutes away from pleading to two tax misdemeanors with a probation sentence, now he’s looking at three felonies plus six misdemeanors.”