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“The Hunter Biden scandal is really about Joe Biden”

“The Hunter Biden scandal is really about Joe Biden”

My appearance on Fox News Live with Griff Jenkins: “I’m not sure there’s any [plea] deal at this point that can satisfy or give the public confidence that this is being treated fairly.”

This was a great media day for me. I’ve done so many interviews and media appearances about Trump’s indictments, I’m exhausted by it. Today I did an appearance that was NOT about Trump’s indictments. Please clap.

I appeared on Fox News Live with Griff Jenkins, Hunter Biden scandal is really about Joe, to talk about Hunter Biden’s plea deal that (so far) fell apart.

Transcript (auto-generated, may contain transcription errors)

Griff Jenkins (00:05): Devon Archer testifying to the House Oversight Committee this week with the transcript from the closed door interview revealing more about Hunter Biden’s business dealings and the extent to which President Biden was involved. For more on the legal fallout and what could be next for Hunter Biden, William Jacobson joins us now. He’s a professor at Cornell Law School and the founder of William, thank you for taking time today. Your reaction once you saw this testimony from Devin Archer, how significant are Hunter’s legal woes?

WAJ (00:38): Well, they’re very significant. He is being cut a sweetheart deal by the Department of Justice. That fell apart in court because it was structured in a way that made the judge feel very uncomfortable. She didn’t reject it, but she wouldn’t accept it.

The way it was structured with a diversion deal and a factual recitation that looked like it was written by Hunter’s lawyers that might tie her hands, could give him universal immunity to future charges. So it looked really bad.

And then it all made sense when Devon Archer testified and the transcript was released, which is that Hunter Biden’s scandal is not really about Hunter Biden. The Hunter Biden scandal is really about Joe Biden and the dealings that he had to assist his son while Joe was vice president. So if you view in the context of what Archer said, the proceedings in court, Hunter Biden almost was let off the hook for everything he’s done in his life that was questionable, whether illegal or not, through a deal the judge would not accept.

Jenkins (01:41): And so if you view the details coming out of Archer’s testimony, as you said, as dealing as much with Joe Biden as it does Hunter Biden, do you believe then a special counsel would be warranted?

WAJ (01:55): I think there’s a question right now when it comes to Hunter Biden, whether the Department of Justice can act in a neutral manner or whether they are feeling pressure to protect Joe Biden. Certainly the plea deal that they tried to strike with Hunter Biden leads us to have a lack of confidence in the independence of the Department of Justice for the son of the President. So I think it’s something that’s got to be seriously considered and it probably should be considered.

Jenkins (02:23): Let’s drill into that William, because I was actually the reporter in Wilmington when that plea deal fell apart. And I was stunned, and I’m not a lawyer as you are, but watching in real time, with Judge Maryellen Noreika, there challenging the prosecutor saying, so could Hunter Biden be charged with things like a FARA charge, a Foreign Agent Registry Act, charge, for the money he got as stated in the deal, upwards of a million dollars from a Chinese communist company, Ukrainian money and the like. And the prosecutor said, yes. The defense counsel Chris Clark said, whoa, we’re done here. No deal. Then it fell apart.

So my question to you is, as we wait for both sides to get back to this judge on the plea deal, because she gave him 30 days, is there any deal that could be structured now in a plea deal with Hunter that wouldn’t give the American people the impression that there’s a two tiered justice system and Hunter gets the sweetheart deal?

WAJ (03:27): I’m not sure there really is after what’s transpired, because even the deal he’s getting on the narrow charges in court is really a sweetheart deal.

He didn’t pay taxes on millions of dollars that he received from overseas. This is not somebody who didn’t pay on $15,000 of a small business he had or something like that. This was millions of dollars and he was allowed to plea to two misdemeanor charges, tax charges that will result in zero time in jail. And at least according to the IRS whistleblowers, there was a lot of pressure on the prosecutors to lower the standards, to lower the charges. And on the filling out the handgun background check form and lying on it, you know, this is an administration that is all for gun control, wants more and more background checks, yet the son of the president of this administration lied on his forms and is getting no punishment for it. He’s being put into diversion, which means is if he stays out of trouble for two more years it completely disappears.

So I’m not sure there’s any deal at this point that can satisfy or give the public confidence that this is being treated fairly.

Jenkins (04:36): We shall see. We’ve gotta leave it there. William Jacobson, thank you for taking time on his Saturday.

WAJ (04:41): Great, thank you.


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Yes, of course it is. Nobody gives a crap about that crackhead. Neither would that crackhead have any influence whatsoever without the office his pedophile holds now and held at the time.

Mauiobserver | August 5, 2023 at 9:17 pm

Professor I truly enjoy the analysis you and your team do on high profile legal cases. It is the reason that myself and I suspect many others follow Legal Insurrection.

I truly believe that the coverage here on the George Zimmerman and Kyle Rittenhouse trials helped them to get a just verdict.

Would really like to see this site do a deep dive into the J6 prosecutions, particularly for those who were not charged with any violence or property crimes. I think this site could help some of those who did nothing more than spend a few minutes walking around inside the Capitol building get some relief on appeal or perhaps get some compensation in civil court for the financial devastation most of them have incurred. It would certainly help spotlight an egregious example of the 2-tiered justice system practiced by our DOJ and DC courts.

Perhaps you could just select a few key examples particularly those who were actually waved into the building by police.

I believe that many Legal Insurrection followers would greatly appreciate such an effort.

    William A. Jacobson in reply to Mauiobserver. | August 5, 2023 at 9:26 pm

    I have expressed before that I wish we had the resources to follow the J6 cases more carefully. But we don’t. We are stretched very thin.

      Mauiobserver in reply to William A. Jacobson. | August 5, 2023 at 9:30 pm

      Thanks for your response, Professor. I am grateful for the work you have done for underdogs prosecuted by leftist DA’s.

      Maybe someday Legal Insurrection will have access to the vast resources that the Democrat lawfare team seems to have.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to Mauiobserver. | August 6, 2023 at 1:01 am

    “George Zimmerman and Kyle Rittenhouse trials helped them to get a just verdict.”

    A just verdict, but not actual justice. That is true for many other cases, and even worse for the unjust verdicts.

    While they will probably never see true justice, we can continue to tear apart things like Affirmative BS and corrupt agencies. In the process we can reduce cost of government by cleaning house.

Great interview…

One niggling little thought.. If the DOJ cannot be impartial, how will our laws be enforced?

Personally, I think the Big Guy had his hands in the cookie jar.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to amwick. | August 6, 2023 at 3:01 am

    In China’s cookie jar, as in treason.

    Ironclaw in reply to amwick. | August 6, 2023 at 11:34 am

    As we’ve seen, when the DOJ cannot be impartial (which is pretty much all of the time), the laws will only be enforced against those they dislike. And yes, the Big Guy is a traitor, though the DOJ likes him so they won’t do a damn thing.

BTW ,,nice shout out to

smalltownoklahoman | August 6, 2023 at 7:49 am

Yes this is really more about protecting Joe and those who have a hold on him. Was watching an interview Viva Frei did with Garrett Ziegler of the Marco Polo project on this earlier:

E Howard Hunt | August 6, 2023 at 9:34 am

The problem with this is that corruption is endemic on both sides of the aisle. Even those wealthy upon entering congress think nothing of trading on inside information and engaging in all manner of unethical practices. Everybody is doing it as a matter of course. A $10 million cash bribe, due to a unique position and circumstance, would be looked upon more with envy than horror.

I’m SHOCKED you don’t think Hunter Biden is smart or capable enough to be the criminal mastermind orchestrating all of this.