The Delaware prosecutor responsible for bringing charges against Hunter Biden has now spoken up to say that he never sought special counsel powers which would have granted him the ability to bring charges in other districts, an opportunity that IRS whistleblowers have claimed he was denied.
In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsay Graham (R-SC) on Monday, U.S. Attorney David Weiss wrote that he never asked his superiors in the Justice Department to appoint him as special counsel so that additional charges could have been brought against the Biden son in New Jersey, D.C., and Los Angeles. Weiss’s pushback against testimony by IRS whistleblowers sets the stage for a congressional investigation to determine whether politicization and preferential treatment were part of the government’s investigation into the embattled first son.
From the Washington Post:
“I have not requested Special Counsel designation,” Weiss wrote. He added that he had “discussions with Department officials” regarding another possible appointment under a different part of Justice Department regulations “which would have allowed me to file charges in a district outside my own without the partnership of the local U.S. Attorney. I was assured that I would be granted this authority if it proved necessary.”
“I was assured that I would be granted this authority if it proved necessary. And this assurance came months before the October 7, 2022, meeting referenced throughout the whistleblowers’ allegations,” Weiss said.
Weiss did not say whether it would have been him or his department superiors who determined if such an appointment was necessary. But he did say those discussions took place months before the October meeting. Weiss wrote that he has “never been denied the authority to bring charges in any jurisdiction.”
The letter by Weiss does not mention the topics of discussion had during his meeting with IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley who claims to have heard Weiss say he would not be the “deciding official on whether charges are filed.” Shapley also said it was this October 7th meeting where Weiss said he knew for months that Matthew Graves, the U.S. Attorney for D.C., was not going to bring charges against Hunter Biden in the district where he allegedly committed some of his most serious tax crimes.
Since coming forward, Shapley, a career bureaucrat with the IRS, has made shocking allegations including that his team of investigators was not allowed to pursue leads that could have tied President Joe Biden to crimes by his son. He added that Weiss dismissed two veteran prosecutors from the Hunter Biden case and installed subordinates with no experience. The developments have put Attorney General Merrick Garland, President Biden, and Democrats on defense as they combat charges of politicization in the federal justice system. U.S. attorneys in other jurisdictions where Hunter Biden was not charged were uncovered to have made political donations to President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, indicating political leanings that may have influenced their decisions to not bring charges against the president’s son.