Hunter Biden's lawyer says gun charges likely to be dismissed before trial

September 17, 2023

In the wake of his client's indictment on three charges related to his purchase of a firearm back in 2018, high-powered criminal defense attorney Abbe Lowell is now predicting that the counts leveled against Hunter Biden will be dismissed before trial, as Breitbart reports.

Lowell's assertion comes as part of a public relations effort designed to cast doubts on the legitimacy of the charges, which he says are the product of political pressure from Republicans.

Lowell's take

Though Hunter Biden was charged last week with counts of making a false statement in connection of a firearm purchase or possessing a firearm as an unlawful user or while addicted to a controlled substance, and of making a false statement related to information mandated to be kept by a licensed gun dealer, Lowell is defiant in his stance.

Speaking to ABC News the day after charges were lodged against Biden, Lowell said, “On the facts, we think we'll have a defense.”

“The case will be dismissed before trial,” Lowell added, suggesting that the entire basis on which it was brought is “likely unconstitutional.”

However, it was not just in the media that Lowell vented his irritation about the charges he will now assist Hunter Biden in answering, as he also took his complaints to Congress.

Political motivations alleged

Lowell dispatched an angry letter to lawmakers on Thursday, taking particular aim at Republicans for their continued investigations of the Biden family.

In the attorney's estimation, Special Counsel David Weiss' indictment of his client was caused by a Republican pressure campaign launched after an earlier plea deal between Biden and the Justice Department collapsed in court earlier this summer.

Lowell declared, “Your blatant efforts achieved your goals as the U.S. Attorney in Delaware today filed gun charges against our client – charges that are unprecedented when not part of some other criminal conduct....”

The well-known D.C. defense lawyer further alleged that the GOP has engaged in election meddling in its pursuit of Hunter Biden, saying, “[Y]our real purpose had nothing to do with proper oversight, and your Committee's goal was 'absolutely' to move the needle of political support for the 2024 election.”

Awkward arguments ahead?

If, as Lowell seems to hint, a significant part of Hunter Biden's defense to the gun charges will be that the law underlying them is in itself unconstitutional, the first son may find himself on the opposite side of Second Amendment arguments his own father has made.

Though a federal appeals court recently deemed unconstitutional the statue under which Biden is now charged, it did so in reliance on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Bruen v. New York Rifle & Pistol Association, a ruling President Joe Biden has forcefully decried since it was handed down, as Fox News notes.

The outlet points out that such a situation would not be the first time that Hunter Biden has pursued a course of conduct that stands in contrast to his own father's exhortations, as he long did everything he could to avoid paying child support to his out-of-wedlock daughter, Navy Roberts, despite the president's vocal condemnation of “deadbeat dads.”

Whether Hunter's case ever makes it to trial, however, is something that remains to be seen, and, as some pundits suggest, the gun charges could just be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the first son's legal exposure in the coming weeks and months.

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