Hunter and Ashley Biden, children of President Joe Biden, attend the 59th Presidential Inauguration ceremony in Washington, Jan. 20, 2021. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took the oath of office on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. (DOD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Carlos M. Vazquez II)
Hunter Biden was reportedly given a job search mandate by a federal judge on Wednesday as part of the terms of his release after he entered a not guilty plea to tax charges.
Hunter was told to “continue or actively seek employment” in the ruling from Trump appointee U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika.
Hunter was also told not to drink any alcohol and “not use or unlawfully possess a narcotic drug or other controlled substance” unless he had a prescription from a qualified doctor, according to the order.\
Hunter is also required to “submit to testing for a prohibited substance if required by the pretrial services office or supervising officer. Testing may be used with random frequency and may include urine testing, the wearing of a sweat patch, a remote alcohol testing system, and/or any form of prohibited substance screening or testing. The defendant must not obstruct, attempt to obstruct, or tamper with the efficiency and accuracy of prohibited substance screening or testing.” the order read.
Hunter was anticipated to enroll into a diversion program in lieu of pleading guilty to a felony firearm charge and to two misdemeanor tax counts of willful refusal to pay federal income tax.
However, as Noreika discovered from the prosecutors that Hunter was still being investigated for additional crimes, that plan was abandoned, at least temporarily.
When Noreika questioned federal prosecutor Leo Wise about whether Hunter was the subject of an active criminal investigation, the hearing came to an abrupt halt.