U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika on Thursday dismissed two misdemeanor tax charges in Delaware against Hunter Biden, the President’s son.
The judge’s dismissal cam after federal prosecutor David Weiss moved to dismiss the charges in Delaware last week in order to bring charges against Hunter Biden in either Washington DC or California.
Last Friday, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Weiss as special counsel in Biden’s case.
In July, an agreed-to guilty plea by Biden was put on hold when the initial plea deal, related to the tax charges as well as a gun possession charge (Biden had lied on his gun application about his struggles with drug addiction), hit a snag in federal court in Delaware, which Congressional Republicans had blasted as a “sweetheart deal”—an allegation that Weiss pushed back against.
On Friday morning, Hunter Biden attorney Abbe Lowell said the plea deal fell apart amid a “misunderstanding or disagreement between the two sides as to what the deal covered in terms of future possibilities.”
He went on to ask rhetorically, “What group of competent attorneys on the defense side would allow their client to plead to a misdemeanor on a Monday knowing that the government could prosecute their client on a Wednesday for a felony? It would never happen.”
A Trump appointee, Weiss had begun his investigation surrounding Hunter Biden beginning in 2019 and remained on the case in the Biden Administration.