U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika has taken action and demanded an explanation from Biden's lawyers by 9 p.m. of July 25, warning of potential sanctions if their conduct is deemed inappropriate, the outlet reported.
According to the allegations, an individual from the former law office of Hunter Biden's attorney, Chris Clark, reportedly contacted Delaware court clerk Sam Grimes. The said individual posed as someone from the office of Smith's attorney, Theodore Kittila.
The person in question allegedly requested the removal of the original filing, along with 448 pages of congressional testimony provided by two IRS investigators involved in the case, the Daily Mail noted further.
The documents were then taken down and sealed, prompting a “second outraged letter” from Kittila.
“We promptly contacted the clerk’s office, and we were advised that someone contacted the court representing that they worked with my office and that they were asking the court to remove this from the docket,” Kittila noted in a letter to Noreika.
According to a “fiery” email response, Clark denied the allegations and claimed that “the clerk took the filing down on their own accord.”
But Kittila provided evidence to support his claims, including a copy of an email from the Delaware clerk. In the email, he identified the individual in question as Jessica Bengels and even included her phone number.
“She said she worked with Theodore Kittila and it was important the document was removed immediately,” Grimes responded.
Ticked off by the purported dubious conduct, Noreika demanded an explanation from Hunter's lawyers on the afternoon of July 25.
“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,” the order said.
“Therefore, it is hereby ordered that, on or before 9 p.m. [of July 25, 2023], counsel for defendant shall show cause as to why sanctions should not be considered for misrepresentations to the court.”
On July 26, the judge threw a wrench in the cushy plea bargain that Hunter Biden was counting on to keep him out of prison for a series of tax and gun violations.
"The judge overseeing a deal reached between federal prosecutors and Hunter Biden has reportedly thrown out the plea agreement over concerns that details of the ongoing investigation are not being considered in the prosecution’s decision to spare the president’s son from jail time in exchange for pleading guilty to tax and gun charges," Trending Politics reported.
Kara Scannell from CNN reported that during the court session, Noreika directly inquired with prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's office in Delaware about the inclusion of evidence from an investigation into whether Hunter Biden should have registered as a foreign agent.
The investigation is related to his representation of overseas companies from which he received substantial sums of money, and alleged false reporting to the Internal Revenue Service. In response, representatives for U.S. Attorney David Weiss informed the judge that this specific aspect of their office's investigation would not be part of the plea deal, the outlet added.
“If you can charge that, then what does this mean?” asked Noreika, who concluded: “Then there is no deal.”
?BREAKING: Hunter Biden's plea deal just fell apart in court due to investigations that are still on going into potential FARA violations. pic.twitter.com/wn6qoXGMSD
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) July 26, 2023
Fox News added: "Hunter Biden was also expected to enter into a pretrial diversion agreement regarding a separate felony charge of possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance."
The judge called a second recess in the Hunter Biden plea proceedings as it appeared that the agreements the president's son had reached with prosecutors had begun to unravel.
The judge said she had "concerns" about the parties seemingly linking the tax plea agreement to the deal on the gun charge. During the proceedings, prosecutors confirmed that the investigation into President Joe Biden's son was ongoing.