Fox News host Jesse Watters revealed that the conservative news network has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the mugshot of presidential son Hunter Biden, calling for it to be released to the public.
“It turns out Hunter Biden has a mugshot,” he said on Tuesday’s edition of “Jesse Watters Primetime,” breaking the news for the first time. “Back in July when Hunter first appeared in court, his lawyers say he was photographed and fingerprinted.”
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“Sources tell us that federal inmates rarely have their mugshots released to the public—only in cases where the federal inmate escapes, and a leak would be very unlikely. The U.S. Marshals have a rigorous digital footprint,” he added.
“So, what is so special about a mugshot that they don’t want us to see? Did he smile? Did he look defiant?” Watters asked. “In light of transparency, this mugshot must be released.”
“‘Prime Time’ has put out a Freedom of Information Act request with the Department of Justice and the U.S. Marshals to have Hunter Biden’s released to the public,” he announced.
In a Tuesday letter to the judge, Biden’s attorney Abbe Lowell, wrote that the president’s son intends to plead not guilty and was “not seeking any special treatment,” Newsweek reported.
“He also noted that during his July court appearance, Biden was processed at the courthouse by the U.S. Marshals Service including ‘the usual procedures (e.g., submitted to multiple sets of fingerprints, had his photograph taken, and filled out the required forms for release),'” according to the outlet. “The statement appears to suggest that a mugshot was, in fact, taken of Biden, but it remains unclear as to why it has not been released to the public.”
On Wednesday, the anchor told viewers that the privileged younger Biden’s request to appear remotely for his arraignment on federal gun charges was rejected by a judge who balked at the excuse by his attorney that showing up in person would cause an “unnecessary burden on government resources and the disruption to the courthouse and downtown areas” in Wilmington, Delaware, also providing an update on the mugshot and issuing a plea to federal Marshals.
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“Sources tell us that it will be extremely hard to obtain the mugshot because if a U.S. Marshall merely searches the database for Hunter Biden, it’ll be flagged and that U.S. Marshall will be fired,” he said. “So we are calling on all federal Marshals close to retirement to do what they think is right.”
A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware told Newsweek that DOJ policy “prohibits my office from providing photographs of defendants prosecuted in federal court.”
“As a matter of longstanding policy and general practice, the U.S. Marshals Service does not release a federal defendant’s post-arrest imagery, such as a mugshot,” U.S. Marshals Service spokesperson Drew Wade told the outlet.
“The policies of the state of Georgia’s regarding the release of a mugshot do not comport with federal statutes or policies by which [U.S. Marshals Service], a federal law enforcement agency, is governed,” Wade said, noting the differences between the public release of former President Donald J. Trump’s booking picture and Hunter Biden’s.