Hunter Biden’s lawyer in his paternity case abruptly withdrew on Monday as his client blew off the hearing, according to DailyMail.com. Biden, 49, was not in the second-floor courtroom in Batesville, Arkansas, when his attorney former Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel quit.
Lunden Roberts, 28, the woman who claims the son of former Vice-President Joe Biden fathered her child, was seen for the first time since filing her paternity suit. She was sitting in the front row of the spectators’ gallery wearing three-inch black heels.
Biden apparently met Roberts when she was working as a stripper in a “gentlemen’s club” in Washington D.C.
Judge Don McSpadden said he would need at least three years of Biden’s tax returns before he could reach a decision on monetary support for the child. Earlier this week, it was revealed that Biden filed a request to seal all financial records to spare himself public “embarrassment” in the midst of amid claims of “significant debts.”
It is thought that information on Biden’s business ventures, investments, expenses, taxes and personal property valuations would also be included in the documents. It could also reveal the extent of his controversial payments from a Ukrainian natural gas company.
In October it was made known that Biden received monthly payments of $83,333 for “consulting services” while serving on the board of the Ukrainian business Burisma. His tenure at the firm has come under intense scrutiny after President Trump accused his father, Joe Biden, of using his position as then-vice president to help his son’s business interests.
Trump’s alleged pressure on Ukrainian authorities to investigate this is at the heart of the current impeachment inquiry.
A series of criminal investigations were launched by Ukrainian authorities against Burisma’s owner, Mykola Zlochevsky, a multimillionaire former minister of ecology and natural resources.
Biden’s lawyer filed a claim that stated: “The likelihood that [Biden’s] private records will be used in an inappropriate or malicious manner for reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with these proceedings is exceedingly high and should not be tolerated by the court,” the filing reads.
“Any such disclosures, Biden’s attorneys claim, would furthermore cause their client ‘undue prejudice, annoyance, embarrassment, and/or oppression.”
“Due to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the parties involved in this matter, it is in the interest of justice and necessary for a Protective Order to be in place,” Biden’s attorney Dustin McDaniel states.
The filing comes just over a week after Biden was revealed to be the father of Lunden Robert’s child, having engaged in relations with the 28-year-old after meeting her at a gentlemen’s club in Washington D.C where she worked as a stripper.
Written by Rich Stevenson
Credit: Daily Mail