Less than 24 hours after a special counsel was named in the investigation into his taxes and gun possession, Hunter Biden turned to faith in hopes that he could find some help.
On Aug. 12, the son of President Joe Biden led a public prayer at the bar mitzvah of his nephew Jayden Cohen at a Jewish synagogue in Marietta, Georgia. The day prior, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss as special counsel in the Hunter Biden case, the New York Post reported.
“Our God and God of our ancestors,” Biden said as part of the traditional “Prayer for the Country” during the morning service at the Congregation Etz Chaim synagogue.
Footage of the event was posted on the synagogue’s Facebook page. Biden, who is nominally Catholic, spoke his prayer three hours into the video feed. The Rabbi at the event had to loan Biden, who was dressed in traditional Jewish garb, a prayer book due to the fact that he forgot to bring his own.
“Pour out your blessings upon [our] leaders and judges. Help them understand the rules of justice,” he continued. “Grant us the knowledge to judge justly, the wisdom to act with compassion and the understanding and courage to root out poverty from our land.”
After the prayer, Biden left the podium and gestured towards the prayer book. A woman who had walked up to the podium whispered to Biden and he made his way to the side of the stage.
“You would have thought Paul McCartney was there in the room, the way people were ga-ga over him,” a synagogue insider told the New York Post. “But if they were divided about him coming, they’re not talking about it because it’s still not politically correct to say anything negative within the Jewish community regarding the Bidens.”
The younger Biden was expected to plead guilty to two tax misdemeanors and sign a diversion agreement for his felony gun charge, but after the deal, labeled a “sweetheart deal” by many legal experts, became subject to scrutiny from Delaware U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika, the plea and diversion agreements completely crumbled.
After Judge Noreika questioned an immunity provision for Hunter Biden tucked away in his diversion agreement, a disagreement broke out between Weiss and Biden’s defense counsel about the scope of Biden’s potential immunity. Weiss claimed that Biden could still be charged under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) for his overseas business dealings if the diversion agreement was signed, but Biden’s defense counsel disagreed, and Biden ended up pleading not guilty to the charges.
On Aug. 11, Weiss filed a motion to withdraw Hunter Biden’s Delaware tax charges to charge him in Washington, D.C., or the Central District of California. The request was granted on Thursday, and the two tax misdemeanors were dismissed without prejudice.
Hunter Biden’s legal team previously claimed that the diversion agreement is legally blind, prompting the DOJ to clarify in a Tuesday court filing that the agreement is not legally valid, placing blame on Biden’s legal team for the plea deal falling apart.
Joe Biden addressed Weiss’ appointment during a press conference at Camp David where he met with South Korea President Yoon Suk Yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
“I have no comment on any investigation that’s going on. That’s up to the Justice Department and that’s all I have to say,” the president stated.
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