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Biden's 'farcical' plea deal demands an explanation, Sen. Scott tells AG Garland

FIRST ON FOX: Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is demanding that Attorney General Merrick Garland fully explain to the American people why a plea deal was struck between Hunter Biden and the U.S. attorney in Delaware that will spare him from serving any time in prison.

“The reported plea agreement extended to President Biden’s son is a farcical example of precisely that two-tiered approach to criminal justice by the DOJ under your leadership,” he wrote to Garland. “What is the American public to take away from the outcome of this five-year investigation and leniency shown to Hunter Biden on both the federal tax violations and firearms offenses he committed?”

Scott noted that in a recent case in Virginia, a mother is facing a prison sentence of up to 24 months because she was using controlled substances while she owned a firearm, and in another case, actor Wesley Snipes received three one-year sentences on tax charges. But Scott said Hunter Biden will avoid prison time for the tax and firearms charges he faced thanks to a plea agreement that the Justice Department agreed to.

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“Under your leadership, the DOJ appears to engage in disparate treatment toward political and personal allies of President Biden accused of criminal wrongdoing, compared with those perceived as his opponents,” he wrote. “The reported plea agreement extended to President Biden’s son is a farcical example of precisely that two-tiered approach to criminal justice by the DOJ under your leadership.”

Hunter Biden gets off plane with president

President Biden told reporters he is proud of his son in response to questions about Hunter’s plea deal. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

It was announced on Tuesday that Hunter Biden would plead guilty to two federal misdemeanor tax charges and one felony firearm count. When asked about the plea deal during a speech in San Francisco, President Biden responded that he was “proud” of his son.

“As I said from the moment of my appointment as attorney general, I would leave this matter in the hands of the United States attorney who was appointed by the previous president, and assigned to this matter by the previous administration, that he would be given full authority to decide the matter as he decided was appropriate,” Garland said. “That’s what he’s done.”

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