Documents obtained from the FBI and Department of Justice reveal that Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss, who was charged with prosecuting Hunter Biden for tax and fraud crimes, was falsely told that all allegations against Hunter originated from Rudy Giuliani, a partisan attorney working for then-President Donald Trump. By doing so, the FBI withheld a documented interview by a whistleblower who accused President Joe Biden of accepting a bribe from Ukrainian officials in order to help his son conduct overseas business.
Internal emails obtained by The Federalist show that leaks from the FBI about the Hunter Biden scandal, which were originally sent to the New York Times, suggested the only investigation into Hunter began with Giuliani and the discovery of Hunter’s infamous laptop. Once the NYT published their story, ‘Material from Giuliani Spurred a Separate Justice Depart. Pursuit of Hunter Biden’, the FBI Office of Public Affairs National Press Office leaked the story to Weiss’ Baltimore office one month after the 2020 election.
Taken together, the chain of disclosed emails raises questions about whether Attorney Weiss was appropriately notified about a confidential source previously interviewed by the FBI who claimed to have evidence that Biden as vice president accepted a $5 million bribe in exchange for pressuring the government of Ukraine to fire a prosecutor investigating Hunter’s employer, Burisma Energy, for corruption.
As part of its interview with the source, FBI officials documented the testimony in an FD-1023 form that was originally withheld from congressional Republicans seeking to tie President Biden to potential criminal activity by his embattled son. Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has previously lambasted the DOJ for disappearing 17 audio tapes potentially incriminating Biden. Another source later told Weiss that the FBI corroborated the allegations made by the confidential source.
Had Weiss received timely information from the FBI’s FD-1023 form, he would have known that the confidential source claimed to have interacted with Burisma executive Mykola Zlochevsky, who allegedly told the source that he was coerced into paying Biden and Hunter $5 million each in exchange for their help in having prosecutor Viktor Shokin fired.
During the 2020 campaign, Biden officials wrangled a coalition of 50 former U.S. intelligence officials to claim that the allegations of wrongdoing by Hunter were part of a “Russian disinformation” campaign to discredit then-candidate Biden. Two years after assuming office, Biden has stood by as his son has been charged with multiple crimes and continues to haggle with Weiss’s office over terms for a renegotiated plea deal. House Republicans are considering impeachment against President Biden, citing in part the testimony withheld by the FBI.