Hunter Biden can count on the media to bury questions about his Ukraine business, but his child support battle with an Arkansas mom isn’t going away just yet.
An Arkansas judge ordered the dissolute son of former Vice President Joe Biden to appear in court after he missed a deadline to turn over financial documents, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Wednesday. Hunter Biden has been ignoring the case brought by a former Washington, D.C.-based strip club dancer with whom he fathered a child.
Hunter in contempt?
A November DNA test confirmed that Hunter Biden is the father of Lunden Alexis Roberts’ 16-month-old baby. Hunter does not want custody of their baby, but he is fighting to get out of child support.
After the former VP’s son missed a deadline to turn over five years of his financial records, Independence County Circuit Judge Holly Meyer issued a one-sentence order demanding that Hunter Biden appear on Jan. 29 and, according to Fox News, “show cause, if any exists, as to why he should not be held in contempt for any of the alleged violations of this Court’s orders.” He missed two previous deadlines.
Attorneys for Roberts also filed a motion of contempt stating that Hunter Biden “continues to act as though he has no respect for this court, its orders, the legal process in this state, or the needs of his child for support.”
Some of the financial records Roberts is seeking pertain to his income while at Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian company whose name has become a central part of the impeachment of Donald Trump.
“My understanding is impeachment proceedings are ongoing,” Roberts’ lawyer, Clinton Lancaster, said, according to Breitbart.
He went on: “I have not received any subpoena. I don’t believe we have any stake in the impeachment proceedings. We don’t have any stake in it whatsoever. We need his income so we can determine child support.”
Biden testimony looms
Hunter Biden himself has attracted significant media coverage stemming from the impeachment, which centers on the claim that President Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate Hunter’s business with Burisma. Critics have pointed to Hunter’s lucrative position at Burisma, which he received despite no relevant background and while his father was a diplomat to Ukraine, as a textbook example of elite corruption.
Hunter Biden has also been floated as a potential witness in the impeachment trial, but Democrats have dismissed calls for his testimony as being part of a “conspiracy theory” about debunked corruption. President Trump has long called for Hunter to testify, but the Republican Party has lately lined up behind plans for a fast Senate trial with as little ceremony as possible.
Still, Hunter Biden’s tabloid-worthy lifestyle, noted for a cocaine habit and an affair with his late brother’s widow, has continued to grab headlines. As the Washington Examiner notes, the former VP’s son is renting a $12,000 a month apartment in the Hollywood Hills while avoiding child support.
Democrats shut down chatter of a deal to exchange Biden’s testimony for that of John Bolton, Trump’s former National Security adviser, as the trial continued this week. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) went so far as to suggest that compelling his testimony would be an “abuse” of power, Breitbart noted.