Hunter Biden must appear in Little Rock, Arkansas to give a deposition in his child support case, after a judge rejected his attempt to delay until after most of the key Democratic primary debates, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
"He needs to make himself available unless his hair is on fire," said Circuit Court Judge Holly Meyer during a Wednesday conference call, denying Biden's request to delay until April. Biden's lawyer told the court this week that the former Ukrainian gas company board member was "too busy" to appear.
Biden has been ordered to show up on March 11 or March 12 to answer questions, said Meyer, while a pre-trial hearing is scheduled for March 13.
An April deposition would have meant the 50-year-old Biden's potentially embarrassing appearance would have happened after several decisive state primaries - including next week's Super Tuesday, in which his father will attempt to salvage his imperiled campaign.
Hunter is being sued in the paternity case by former stripper Lunden Alexis Roberts, 28. The court determined last month that he was the father of the toddler identified as Baby Doe, after he claimed the child wasn't his.
"My client can be available April 1, 2020," Biden's lawyer Brett Langon told the court this week, adding "My client cannot be available prior to that date."
Meyer shot back with some spice: "My questions to you is, why could your client not be available until after April 1?" she asked. "All the information I have is that he’s unemployed."
"It’s not good enough for him to just say, ‘I’m not available,'” she said. “I need to know why he’s not available or where he is or what could possibly be more important than what’s going in this case."