'Rip it up': Inside the dramatic unraveling of Hunter Biden's plea deal

– U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika thoroughly scrutinized the plea deal struck between prosecutors and Hunter Biden in federal court in Delaware.

The plea deal involved Hunter Biden acknowledging his failure to pay taxes on income received in 2017 and 2018

– income received in 2017 and 2018, with prosecutors recommending probation instead of prison time.

– Hunter Biden would have also agreed to a pretrial diversion on a separate gun charge, with the charge being dropped if he adhered to certain terms.

– Democrats viewed the possible plea deal as a sign of accountability, while Republicans criticized it as a "sweetheart deal."

During the three-hour hearing, the judge raised concerns about linking the tax plea agreement to the deal on the gun charge

– and the possibility of granting Hunter Biden blanket immunity from future prosecution.

– The judge deferred the plea deal, expressing concerns about its "form over substance" and stating she needed more information before making a decision.

– The hearing featured intense discussions and disagreements between the two parties, with the defense attorney threatening to "rip it up" and challenging the immunity agreement.

– The judge requested additional briefing from the parties before deciding on the next steps, expressing her reluctance to simply "rubber-stamp" the deal.

– In the end, the judge did not accept the plea deal, leaving the case unresolved.