It has happened again. Donald Trump has been indicted for a fourth time, this time for organizing an effort to “find” votes in Georgia after losing the state in the 2020 election as a major development occurs in the Hunter Biden corruption case.
The Daily Caller writes that “Christopher J. Clark, Hunter Biden’s attorney, filed a motion for leave to withdraw as counsel for Hunter Biden, citing his position as a witness in the negotiations with Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors on a guilty plea and diversion agreement.
“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.
Clark is a partner at the law firm Clark Smith Villazor LLP and previously worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York. He has represented high profile clients, such as Elon Musk and Mark Cuban, in addition to Hunter Biden.
At the late July court appearance, Clark represented the president’s son as he pled guilty following the collapse of his “sweetheart deal.” The plea agreement came under heavy scrutiny and Delaware U.S. District Judge, Maryellen Noreika, questioned why Hunter Biden was, in effect, receiving a get out of jail free card.
The lawyer’s official withdrawal from the case reads, “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.”
“Federal prosecutors said last week they reached an impasse on a plea deal related to tax offenses and a related ‘diversion agreement’ to resolve a gun possession charge. They asked the judge to withdraw a late August deadline she previously gave both sides to re-negotiate the agreements after she refused to approve them at a hearing last month.
Biden’s lawyers said Sunday they believed the gun diversion deal was still ‘valid and binding.’ Abbe Lowell, one of the attorneys, placed blame on prosecutors for drafting the agreements the judge took issue with.
The judge has asked for further information and has not ruled on the status of the case.
As the plea talks fell apart last week, the prosecutor handling the case, US attorney David Weiss, requested and was granted “special counsel” status by Attorney General Merrick Garland,” wrote CNN.
Weiss’s promotion means that he will not have to face congressional inquiry as to why he tried to sneak the deal past a federal judge.
House Judiciary Chairman Rep Jim Jordan lambasted the appointment of Weiss in a statement issued through a spokesman.
“David Weiss can’t be trusted and this is just a new way to whitewash the Biden family’s corruption. Weiss has already signed off on a sweetheart plea deal that was so awful and unfair that a federal judge rejected it. We will continue to pursue facts brought to light by brave whistleblowers as well as Weiss’s inconsistent statements to Congress.” said Jordan spokesman Russell Dye.
Garland did not explain why giving Weiss a special title would suddenly make him act according to the law rather than according to Biden, and his boss, Garland’s, wishes.
For his part, Trump has pushed back against his latest indictment. He has promised to make a grand reveal that the election was stolen, though he has not explained why he’s waited this long to do so.