Court Orders Hunter Biden Must Hand Over Financial Records from Time at Ukraine Firm
Judge demands 5 years worth of records, including earnings from Ukrainian energy company
A judge has ordered Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden, to have over his last five years of financial records, including documents detailing his time at Ukraine energy company Burisma Holdings, leaked court papers show.
The ruling has come in the child support case against Hunter Biden, who claims he can't afford to contribute to the upbringing of his baby.
Biden will now be forced to admit to the judge in his paternity case exactly how many hundreds of thousands of dollars he earned while sitting on the board of the notoriously corrupt Ukrainian gas and oil company.
Lunden Roberts, the mother of Biden's 16-month-old child, will also have to reveal how much she made in tips as a stripper at the Mpire Club in Washington, D.C., where she met the son of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.
Earlier this week, as Neon Nettle previously reported, Judge Don McSpadden, who is presiding over the court in Batesville, Arkansas, had originally only asked for three years worth records.
Judge McSpadden now says, however, that he needs five years of records to determine how much the former vice president's son can afford to pay to support his child.
On Tuesday, McSpadden sent out a blunt letter to attorneys in the case — including the one that Biden fired minutes before a hearing on Monday, according to the Dail Mail.
He gave both Biden, 49, and Roberts, 28, just 10 days to come up with their financial details.
Roberts who lives in Southside, Arkansas, had already submitted one set, but McSpadden wants more.
"I have viewed Ms. Roberts affidavit of financial means online and saw that she is employed at a family business probably for a salary of less than minimum wage," the judge wrote.
The court in Batesville, Arkansas, is expected to decide all matters in the case at the next hearing, expected for January 7, McSpadden told Roberts's lawyer Clint Lancaster and former Arkansas attorney general Dustin McDaniel, who had been representing Biden.
The judge made it clear he wants the case over quickly.
"I do not want to have this [drag] out nor do I want to have to drag out the monies these individuals may have received in any form or fashion.
"I anticipate paternity as well as custody, support and visitation being established at our next hearing," he wrote.
He added: "I will do what I believe is in the best interest of the child."
The sex of the child has not been released.
"This matter has been filed in this court. Again, my major and main if not only concern is this child," McSpadden added.
"Issues are no longer up to the parties.
"I am going to treat this case like any other paternity case that comes before the court.
"Hopefully, the parties will see fit to look out for the interest of this child.
"Therefore, for now, I want the affidavit of financial means and supporting documents to cover the last five years.
"This would include monies received from any source for both parties whether it be support of any kind, gifts or salary, which would include bonuses, tips or gratuities."
#HunterBiden, the son of former Vice President #JoeBiden, has been ordered by an Arkansas judge to surrender his last three years of tax returns to the court, according to breaking reports.— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) December 2, 2019
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In a separate order, McSpadden said DNA tests have been accepted but he deferred a formal ruling that Biden is the father until the next hearing.
He also told the lawyers to refer to the child by his or her initials in future filings.
The public is unlikely to see Biden's records though as McSpadden has made it clear he will seal all the financial records.
He filed a motion for a protective order citing fears that the release of his financial information would be used "maliciously" by the media.
"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 read.
McSpadden said he was including McDaniel in the letter even though he realized he no longer represents Biden.
He said he had no contact information for Biden and asked McDaniel to pass on the letter to his former client.
McDaniel said on Monday he was quitting due to an "irreconcilable conflict."
Biden served on the board of the Ukrainian oil company Burisma from April 2014 to April 2019 — almost exactly the time that McSpadden wants the information.
He is said to have been paid as much as $50,000 a month, even though he had no experience in the energy industry.
His appointment to the board has been at the heart of the impeachment inquiry that House Democrats have launched into President Donald Trump.
Dems are claiming Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to find dirt on Biden in a bid to harm his presidential ambitions.
ABC News asked Hunter Biden whether the $50,000 a month figure was accurate.
But Biden answered: "Look, I'm a private citizen. One thing that I don't have to do is sit here and open my kimono as it relates to how much money I made or make or did or didn't."
Hunter did not turn up for Monday's hearing in Batesville, although Roberts sat in the front row of the spectators' gallery with her father, intently listening to the proceedings.
Biden was finally revealed to be the father of Roberts' child following a DNA test — something Roberts had been urging him to take since May, following his repeated denials.
Roberts is demanding he pay her $11,000 legal fees and child support for their baby, who she argues could be eligible for Secret Service protection as the grandchild of former Vice President Joe Biden.
She is also asking the court to seal case records to protect the child's identity for security reasons for both the baby and her family, citing presidential candidate Biden's political status.
In previous filings, Roberts said her child was born in August last year.
She referred to the infant as "Baby Doe" and did not say whether it is a boy or girl.
Roberts' legal team argues: "Baby Doe's paternal grandfather, Joe Biden, is seeking the nomination of the Democratic Party for President of the United States of America.
"He is considered by some to be the person most likely to win his party's nomination and challenge President Trump on the ballot in 2020.
"The members of the Biden family either are protected or eligible to be protected by the United States Secret Service as a direct result of Joe Biden's political status.
"Baby Doe's paternity could put the child and those close to the child at risk of harm for the same reasons the Biden family is protected by the United States Secret Service."
Roberts filed a petition for paternity and support in May, saying Biden was the biological father of her baby, asking the court to establish paternity while seeking child support, health insurance, and legal fees.
Biden had previously denied all allegations and demanded the suit be tossed.