Hunter Biden's top lawyer withdrawing from case after plea deal collapse

August 16, 2023
Jen Krausz

Top Hunter Biden attorney Christopher J. Clark moved Tuesday to withdraw from the case following the collapse of his plea deal and diversion agreement, saying he is a witness in the negotiations for the deal. 

“Christopher J. Clark, having appeared in this matter for Defendant Robert Hunter Biden, hereby moves for leave to withdraw as counsel in the above-captioned matter. Mr. Biden will continue to be represented by other firms that have entered an appearance on behalf of Mr. Biden, and therefore has ample counsel,” Clark’s motion reads.

“Based on recent developments, it appears that the negotiation and drafting of the plea agreement and diversion agreement will be contested, and Mr. Clark is a percipient witness to those issues. Under the ‘witness-advocate’ rule, it is inadvisable for Mr. Clark to continue as counsel in this case,” his motion adds.

As a partner at Clark Smith Villazor LLP, Clark has represented high-profile clients including Elon Musk and Mark Cuban, in addition to Hunter Biden.

Deal collapsed under Clark

Clark was front and center when Biden's plea deal fell apart after Judge MaryEllen Noreika discovered an immunity clause that was hidden in the agreement.

Prosecutor Leo Wise and Clark then disagreed about whether Biden could be prosecuted under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) over his foreign business dealings, and Biden ended up pleading not guilty to the two tax charges while the parties try to figure out how to modify the agreement to keep everyone including Noreika happy.

Biden's legal team tried to claim Sunday that the diversion agreement on the gun violation was binding despite what happened at the hearing, but the DOJ now says the case will probably go to court and has moved to transfer the tax charges to D.C. or Southern California.

Abbe Lowell, another top attorney for Biden, was added to the Delaware case on Monday. Lowell represented Biden in his child support dispute with Lunden Roberts over his illegitimate daughter Navy Joan.

Lowell has already been making the rounds to CNN and CBS News to defend Biden in the wake of the plea deal collapse.

Special counsel appointed

Meanwhile, David Weiss who was investigating Biden in Delaware was named special counsel by Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday and will ostensibly be continuing to probe Biden's actions.

House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-KY) led Republican objections to Weiss's appointment because he slow-walked the previous investigation, allowing several statutes of limitations to expire before indicting him.

In addition, other Republicans like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) have also said that Weiss's appointment will likely allow the DOJ to stonewall access to information about the investigation and keep facts about the case under wraps while his father the president campaigns for re-election.

House Republicans seem on the cusp of proving that President Joe Biden engaged in corruption and bribery with the help of Hunter Biden and other family members, but all of that could be obstructed due to a lengthy special counsel investigation.

Weiss's appointment functions to make it look like the DOJ is doing something to investigate Hunter Biden, when they are actually using it to obstruct the same and hide the truth.


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