Hunter Biden’s legal team, represented by Attorney Abbe Lowell, maintains optimism regarding the possibility of reaching a plea agreement instead of proceeding with a trial. In an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Lowell emphasized that a trial is not an inevitable outcome and discussed the efforts being made to avoid it.
Lowell addressed statements made by the U.S. attorney involved in the case, who indicated that a trial might be necessary due to a deadlock in plea negotiations. Clearing up any misconceptions, Lowell explained that when a defendant pleads not guilty, as Hunter Biden did, the court follows specific procedures, including setting a scheduling order that allows for the potential of a trial. However, he stressed that this process does not guarantee a trial will occur.
Lowell pointed out that Hunter Biden’s legal team and the prosecutors are actively working towards finding a resolution that does not involve going to trial. He mentioned that the prosecutors have shown interest in exploring alternatives to prosecution.
This interview comes shortly after the Justice Department’s recent filing, which hinted at the possibility of a trial. Nonetheless, Lowell’s statements shed light on their strategy and their intention to continue pursuing a plea agreement in order to avoid a trial.
Initially, Hunter Biden was expected to plead guilty to misdemeanor tax counts in order to avoid a felony gun charge and potential jail time. However, the plea deal fell through before it could be finalized.