Hunter Biden’s legal team could face potential sanctions over allegations of misleading the court in his criminal case. Biden, son of the U.S. President, is scheduled to enter a plea agreement today on charges of illegal handgun possession and non-payment of federal taxes for two years. This plea deal has been challenged by the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Jason Smith (R-MO), following a claim by an IRS whistleblower that the Department of Justice (DOJ) obstructed their investigation into Biden.
However, Biden’s legal team is now under scrutiny for possible sanctions after an alleged attempt to have Smith’s brief removed from the docket under false pretenses. One of Biden’s attorneys, Jessica Bengles, reportedly misrepresented her identity in an attempt to convince the court clerk to remove the brief.
According to Norieka:
“It appears that the caller misrepresented her identity and who she worked for in an attempt to improperly convince the clerk’s office to remove the amicus materials from the docket,”
“Therefore, it is hereby ordered that, on or before 9pm today on July 25, 2023, counsel for defendant shall show cause as to why sanctions should not be considered for misrepresentations to the court,”
Judge Noreika responded by giving Biden’s legal team a deadline to demonstrate why sanctions should not be imposed for their misrepresentation. Bengles, a director at the law firm Latham & Watkins where Biden’s attorney Christopher Clark previously worked, allegedly contacted the Delaware court clerk pretending to be from Kittila’s office. Upon discovering this, Kittila promptly notified the court of the false representation.
Biden’s legal team now faces the challenge of proving their innocence by the designated deadline. This incident further complicates Biden’s ongoing legal proceedings. The resolution of these allegations and the plea agreement is yet to be determined.