Hunter Biden has made one last legal push to avoid next week’s court showdown with his baby mama, DailyMail.com can reveal.
Judge Holly Meyer ordered the president’s son to stop delaying and appear before her in person to explain why he repeatedly missed discovery deadlines in his attempts to reduce the child support he pays to Lunden Roberts.
But Hunter’s attorneys filed a request for a continuance Wednesday afternoon, asking for more time to “properly prepare” for next Monday’s contempt hearing in Independence County Circuit Court in Arkansas.
Attorney Brent Langdon says his client needs more time because Roberts has hired Garrett Ziegler, a former Trump administration employee and longtime Hunter nemesis, as an expert witness.
Hunter Biden has been ordered to appear in court next week to explain why he repeatedly missed deadlines in his attempts to reduce child support payments.
The first son has been embroiled in the bitter legal battle over Navy Joan Roberts, his four-year-old daughter with Lunden Roberts.
Hunter and his lawyer friend Kevin Morris are already suing Ziegler, founder of the conservative nonprofit Marco Polo, for alleged harassment and invasion of privacy in a separate case involving his infamous abandoned laptop.
Hunter now wants to be excluded from the paternity case or at least have more time to consider what Ziegler, who has spent several years investigating the First Son’s finances, is going to say.
“Plaintiff in her appointment of Garrett Ziegler did not provide, among other things, her resume, her opinions or a report,” Langdon said in Wednesday’s filing.
“In order for Defendant to adequately prepare for the hearing on the exclusion and/or disqualification of Garrett Ziegler, his written discovery is necessary to determine what his opinions are and the basis for those opinions at this time.”
Hunter’s lawyer says his client needs more time because Roberts has hired Garrett Ziegler, a former Trump administration employee and longtime Hunter nemesis, as an expert witness.
Langdon insisted: “The stay is not sought for the purpose of delay or to cause prejudice to any party, but rather to obtain justice for all parties.”
But within an hour, Roberts’ lawyer, Clinton Lancaster, had filed an objection saying Hunter had excused himself from hearing after hearing in the bitter legal battle over Navy Joan Roberts, the four-year-old girl who a paternity test showed was missing. its yours.
“Here we go again,” Lancaster fumed. “It’s time for Mr. Biden to come to Arkansas for this litigation, last time a plea and this time a hearing on his failure to comply with court orders, and he wants another continuation.”
Lancaster said Hunter’s team had found time to draft a 32-page motion to disqualify Ziegler in his “little dispute” with the conservative activist, so they could surely prepare for Monday’s court date.
And he added: ‘His method is always the same. He delays, denies, and avoids with a side of word salad.
The latest legal skirmish comes after Roberts urged Judge Meyer to send Hunter to county jail until he complied with court orders requiring him to hand over details of his finances before a two-day bench trial in July. .
Hunter will also have to submit to a deposition in which Roberts’ lawyers will likely question him about his various shady deals and ventures abroad.
They’ll also want to know how Hunter’s finances may have taken a nosedive and he can’t afford to keep up with the payments while selling paintings for up to $500,000 each under his new guise as an abstract artist.
Roberts won a $2.5 million settlement from Hunter after taking him to court in 2019 and forcing him to take a DNA test to prove he fathered Navy Joan during their 2017 affair.
The adorable blonde-haired girl is the fourth of his five children, but neither he nor his parents Joe and Jill Biden have met the girl or publicly acknowledged her existence.
Hunter and his star attorney Kevin Morris are suing Ziegler, founder of the conservative nonprofit Marco Polo, for alleged harassment and invasion of privacy in a separate case involving his infamous abandoned laptop.
Hunter has never seen Navy Joan and was unable to choose her from a lineup of photos, according to court documents.
Lunden Roberts and Hunter conceived Navy Joan around December 2017 while he was still in a relationship with his brother Beau’s widow, Hallie.
Hunter claimed during the 10-month case that he was “unemployed and had no monthly income” despite living in a Hollywood rental of $12,000 per month and driving a Porsche. But when ordered by a judge to produce financial records, he repeatedly failed to do so and instead settled out of court, the two sides announcing a “comprehensive final settlement of all issues.”
In September of last year, Hunter reopened the case, pleading poverty and writing: “Since the entry of the existing child support order, there has been a substantial material change in Petitioner’s financial circumstances, including, but not limited to, his or her income.”
Roberts refused to budge and raised the stakes by asking the court to officially change the name of his daughter Navy Joan Biden, to “benefit from carrying the Biden family name.”
Lancaster also launched a new discovery request with hundreds of questions covering Hunter’s assets, earnings, offshore business in Ukraine and China, as well as payments to attorneys and agents.
Sources say the list also focused on Hunter’s recent income, asking him to detail the artwork he sold in the past two years, the names of the buyers and any paperwork related to the purchases.
So far, Hunter has yet to comply, complaining that the lengthy interrogations are “vague and ambitious” and asking the court to strike down some of the inquiries.
He also opposes the name change on the grounds that it is a “political war” against the Biden family and the new nickname will rob the girl of her “peaceful existence.”
Navy Joan was born in August 2018, but remained a secret until Roberts sued Hunter for child support in her native Arkansas.
His ex-lover claimed in his 2021 memoir, Beautiful Things, that he was in such an “uproar” in the wake of his 2017 divorce from Kathleen Buhle that he couldn’t remember the names of the women he slept with.
“That is why I would later challenge in court the Arkansas woman who had a baby in 2018 and claimed the child was mine; he did not remember our meeting. That little connection I had with anyone,” Hunter wrote.
It was initially reported that Hunter met Roberts while she was working as a stripper at a DC club Hunter frequented.
But text messages recovered from her notoriously abandoned laptop showed that she was, in fact, on the payroll of Rosemont Seneca, Hunter’s investment firm.
Hunter is hiding out at the $50 million Santa Ynez, California, vineyard estate owned by Joe Kiani, a major donor to his father’s campaigns.
Billionaire Democratic donor Joe Kiani’s $50 million estate in Santa Ynez has become Hunter Biden’s safe haven. Pictured: Joe Kiani posing next to a photo with the younger Joe Biden
She and Hunter conceived Navy Joan around December 2017 while he was still in a relationship with his brother Beau’s widow, Hallie.
The couple remained in communication throughout her pregnancy until he abruptly called it off.
Hunter has never seen Navy Joan and was unable to distinguish her from a list of photographs, according to court documents.
He never met his 80-year-old grandfather Joe, even though the president fawns over his six other grandchildren and frequently brings them to events and speeches.
Navy Joan gets none of the benefits, nor the 24/7 Secret Service protection that the rest of the Biden brood enjoy.
In February 2022, Roberts testified before a Delaware grand jury investigating Hunter for alleged tax crimes, joining a growing list of former business partners and associates who have been implicated in the Justice Department’s secret investigation into their business abroad.
Federal prosecutors were particularly interested in what he learned about Hunter’s finances, according to his attorney.