(DCWatchdog.com) – In a bizarre legal move that seems politically motivated and would likely do him more harm than good, Hunter Biden has moved to summon Donald Trump to the witness stand as his lawyers have asked the judge in his federal gun felony trial to subpoena the former president.
Besides Trump, Hunter Biden’s legal team is also moving to subpoena former Attorney General Bill Barr and other Department of Justice officials regarding records and communications pertinent to the criminal investigation of President Joe Biden’s son, initiated in 2018.
In a recent filing in a Delaware federal court, Biden’s attorneys, Abbe Lowell and Bartholomew Dalton, asserted that Trump has waged “an almost-nonstop public pressure campaign” to prosecute Hunter Biden, motivated by “partisan ambitions.”
The lawyers are seeking to compel Trump, Barr, former Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, and Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue to produce documents related to Hunter Biden from January 20, 2017, to the present.
They have requested these records by December 1, arguing that the information is crucial for Hunter Biden’s defense against what they suggest could be “a vindictive or selective prosecution,” potentially infringing upon his Fifth Amendment rights.
Citing evidence like congressional testimony from IRS whistleblowers, records from Rosen and Donoghue, and an incident from Barr’s 2022 memoir, the attorneys contend that Trump inappropriately pressured the DOJ over the Hunter Biden investigation. Barr recalls in his memoir, “One Damn Thing After Another,” a refusal to discuss the investigation with Trump.
“Dammit, Mr. President, I am not going to talk to you about Hunter Biden. Period!” he allegedly told Trump.
The legal team also points to Trump’s social media posts, which criticize Biden’s plea agreement, and they argue that investigations by House Ways and Means Chairman Jason Smith and House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer are continuations of Trump’s attempts to undermine the DOJ.
“It is clear no measure of charges against Mr. Biden will ever be enough to appease Chairmen Comer and Smith and their MAGA allies,” the lawyers wrote.
“As anyone can readily tell, it is not just pressure from within the Trump-era Executive Branch that is the problem; it is also incessant, unrelenting outside interference from congressional Republicans and their allies in the prosecutorial process, which is supposed to be independent and free from political interference. Undoubtedly, the current political climate has jeopardized that longstanding and fundamental American principle,” they added.
The motion follows confirmation by U.S. Attorney David Weiss, the special counsel investigating Hunter Biden, of his request for special attorney authority in early 2022.
Jordan elaborated that Weiss’s response aligns with whistleblower Gary Shapley’s claims that the final decision on charging Hunter Biden rested with a Biden-appointed U.S. attorney for D.C., who ultimately decided against filing felony charges against him.