U.S. district court judge Maryellen Noreika of Delaware – an appointee of former president Donald Trump – said on Wednesday she was not willing to accept a proposed plea agreement between Hunter Biden and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over a pair of tax crimes, various drug charges and a gun charge.
“I don’t really understand the scope (of the plea),” Noreika told attorneys, referring to the “non-standard terms” of this “unusual” deal.
“It seems to me like you are saying ‘just rubber stamp the agreement, your honor,'” she added.
Noreika also questioned the “broad immunity” the proposed agreement would grant Biden related to possible future charges – including those related to business dealings involving his father.
With Noreika sending Biden’s attorneys and federal prosecutors (who work for his father’s administration) back to the drawing board, the president’s son has rescinded his agreement to plead guilty.
“Without me saying I’ll agree to the plea agreement, how do you plead?” the judge asked Biden.
“Not guilty, your honor,” he responded.
Just moments earlier, Biden had indicated he was pleading guilty of his own free will.
Biden has been under investigation since 2020, but received a sweetheart plea deal that would spare him jail time on charges he defrauded the federal government out of more than $100,000, illegally owned a .38 Special Colt Cobra handgun and illegally used drugs. This plea agreement was reached, incidentally, at a time when his father’s DOJ was ramping up its war against Trump – raising allegations of selective enforcement.
As noted in the lede of this column, Biden family corruption is back in the news in a big way. This news outlet has written about it extensively in the past, but there was a great piece on it earlier this week in National Review by the magazine’s contributing editor, Andrew C. McCarthy.
McCarthy’s treatment detailed the basic framework of the Biden racket prior to offering several specific examples of how it worked in practice.
“The game works like this: You inveigh against corruption, ostensibly to encourage a corrupt but supposedly reforming regime to clean up its act,” McCarthy wrote. “That, of course, increases the pressure on the regime’s corruption targets (e.g., those who’ve bribed their way to fortune); those targets, already no strangers to paying off whomever must be paid off, become more willing to pay the anti-corruption poseurs.”
It wasn’t just Ukraine where the Biden’s ran this scam, either.
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“In 2014 and 2015, when not railing at officials in Kyiv about corruption, he was railing at officials in Bucharest about corruption,” McCarthy wrote. “At the time, one of their most high-profile corruption targets was Gabriel Popoviciu, a real-estate tycoon ultimately convicted of paying a bribe to acquire a highly desirable lot at a bargain price. While vice president Biden pressured Romania to ratchet up anti-corruption prosecutions, Popoviciu paid Hunter Biden to use his connections to fend off the Romanian prosecutors.”
The Ukrainian scams were among the most brazen, though.
Our audience will recall how Joe Biden bragged on camera in January 2018 about getting Ukrainian prosecutor general Viktor Shokin fired from his post. Specifically, he discussed how he threatened to withhold a billion dollars worth of U.S. loan guarantees if Shokin wasn’t removed from office.
“I said I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion dollars,” Biden said. “I said you’re not getting the billion – I’m gonna be leaving here … in six hours, if the prosecutor is not fired you’re not getting the money.”
“Well son of a bitch – got fired,” Biden added, pausing for dramatic effect.
At the time of his ouster, Shokin was investigating Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian natural gas company that was facing global scrutiny for alleged money laundering operations. Bursima had previously appointed Hunter Biden to its board and given him a huge payday.
All of this occurred, incidentally, after the Obama administration effectively staged a coup in Ukraine – collaborating with numerous groups (including actual Nazis) to overthrow the nation’s democratically elected government.
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Earlier this week, the U.S. House oversight committee published a timeline of what it referred to as “the Biden family’s influence peddling schemes.” This timeline revealed the Bidens and their associates had “created a web of over 20 companies — most (of which) were limited liability companies formed after Joe Biden became vice president.”
These companies have “received over $10 million from foreign nationals’ and their related companies,” the committee alleged, accusing the Bidens of engaging in efforts to “conceal large financial transactions” and collaborating with companies tied to the Chinese Communist Party to hide their sources of income.
The committee also zeroed in on the Romanian allegations, saying the Biden family activities in that country “bear clear indicia of a scheme to peddle influence from 2015 to 2017.”
“While vice president Biden lectured Romania on corruption and ethics, the Bidens received over a million dollars from a company controlled by a Romanian individual accused of corruption, Gabriel Popoviciu, through a Biden family associate,” the committee alleged.
Committee leaders were pleased to see Hunter Biden’s plea deal blown up.
“Judge Noreika did the right thing by refusing to rubber stamp Hunter Biden’s sweetheart plea deal,” committee chairman James Comer said. “But let’s be clear: Hunter’s sweetheart plea deal belongs in the trash.”
Will the mainstream press – which conspired with government and social media to suppress the Biden scandals ahead of the 2020 election – continue to follow its marching orders from the Biden administration?
One commentator, George Washington law professor Jonathan Turley, seems to think it won’t matter.
“While the media can continue to suppress the evidence and allegations within their own echo-chambered platforms, truth like water has a way of finding a way out,” Turley wrote earlier this week. “The scandal is moving forward with or without the media.”
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Will Folks is the founding editor of the news outlet you are currently reading. Prior to founding FITSNews, he served as press secretary to the governor of South Carolina. He lives in the Midlands region of the state with his wife and seven children.
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