Hunter Biden lied to Delaware District Judge Maryellen Noreika under oath during his plea hearing last week.
Asked by Noreika whether he was a member of the bar, Biden said, “yes,” adding that he was a member of the bar in both Connecticut and the District of Columbia.
According to The Daily Mail, Hunter Biden’s claim that he was a member of the Connecticut bar was not accurate, since Connecticut records indicate that Biden was suspended from practicing law in the state over two years ago.
The Daily Mail reported that a Judicial Branch spokesperson confirmed Biden is “currently not in good standing” as a result of failing to pay the $75 annual Connecticut bar fee since 2018.
Biden’s inaccuracy was discovered by Kevin Rennie, a Connecticut lawyer and columnist, who was formerly a state legislator. Discussing the issue with The Daily Mail, Rennie described Biden’s statement to the Delaware district judge “extraordinary” and claimed that Biden “misled the court.”
‘I’m careful about using the word ‘lie’ because I don’t know what was in his head,” Rennie said. “But he certainly should have known better.”
Rennie suggested that when a lawyer is asked “under oath” to list which states they are authorized to practice law in fails to acknowledge that they are suspended from practicing law in one of the states, the lawyer “has misled the court.”
“He did not give her an answer that, I think most judges would see under these circumstances, was in good faith,” Rennie argued. “It omitted crucial facts.”
Rennie added that as a lawyer, Biden “ought to know” that “certain obligations” are required to continue practicing law in different jurisdictions. According to Connecticut bar records obtained by The Daily Mail, Biden was suspended on March 16, 2021 for failing to pay the Client Security Fund fee. The suspension was also filed on November 30, 2021, as well as June 14, 2022.
Unlike Biden’s bar registration in Connecticut, his registration for practicing law in Washington, D.C., remains in good standing, according to The Daily Mail.