Federal prosecutors in Delaware have strongly opposed Hunter Biden’s request to access Donald Trump’s diaries, personal messages, and correspondence related to the former president’s son. The court records reveal a comprehensive rejection, deeming Biden’s subpoena as “meritless” and advocating for its denial.
As previously AP News reported on December 5, 2023, Hunter Biden, 53, is facing allegations of unlawfully purchasing a revolver in 2018, violating a law prohibiting gun ownership for drug users. After a plea deal collapsed in August, Biden pleaded not guilty.
In November, Biden’s legal team filed a subpoena request, aiming to reveal evidence suggesting that the federal case against President Joe Biden’s son is rooted in “vindictive or selective prosecution,” allegedly driven by political pressures.
Biden’s legal team pointed to Bill Barr’s memoir, recounting a 2020 exchange with the then-president, as crucial evidence. Barr is quoted saying, “Dammit, Mr. President, I am not going to talk to you about Hunter Biden. Period!”
However, Special Counsel David Weiss dismissed Biden’s demand as vague and argued that the evidence sought would be inadmissible in court. Weiss emphasized established legal principles, stating that claims of vindictive and selective prosecution are not trial defenses and should only be litigated pretrial.
Hunter Biden has been a target of scrutiny from Trump and conservative circles, seen as a potential avenue to expose alleged corruption by his father. Despite House Republicans’ efforts to find evidence supporting these claims, no substantial results have been yielded.
The criminal investigation into Hunter Biden’s past began during Trump’s presidency, covering tax filings, overseas business dealings, and his struggle with drug addiction. This case is one of five historic criminal proceedings involving the White House after a presidential election.
Hunter Biden is the first child of a sitting U.S. president to face such charges, while Donald Trump is the first former president to encounter criminal charges, highlighting the complex interplay of political dynamics and legal investigations within the nation’s court system.