A top Democratic congressman was left stunned live-on air during a Sunday interview with a mainstream media outlet where he was questioned about political interference by the Justice Department in the probe against Hunter Biden.
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), speaking with ABC News, flubbed his response to charges from a whistleblower with the Internal Revenue Service that the DOJ refused to grant Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss special counsel powers to bring charges against the Biden son in other jurisdictions. Gary Shapley, a career civil servant with the IRS, claimed to have witnessed Weiss saying he would not be the “deciding official” in prosecuting the son of President Joe Biden. Rep. Khanna said Weiss, a Trump appointee, was allowed to freely investigate Hunter Biden, a statement at odds with sworn testimony.
“Let’s review the facts here: you had President Trump appoint a U.S. attorney in Delaware, and President Biden had the ability to fire that U.S. attorney as is customary… President Biden didn’t fire him. He had his past opponent’s appointee have total power over making a decision on Hunter Biden,” Rep. Khanna said.
ABC reporter John Karl quickly jumped in to point out Shapley’s sworn testimony. Rep. Khanna then claimed that because U.S. Attorney Weiss was not claiming interference, it must not have occurred.
“If Weiss was saying that, I would have a concern. If Weiss was out there saying ‘I didn’t have total authority, there was interference’ — but Weiss is the key person and he’s not saying that, and there were charges that were pursued,” Rep. Khanna added.
Last month federal prosecutors in Weiss’s office reached a plea deal with Hunter Biden that saw him admit guilt to two misdemeanor charges of tax fraud and one felony count of firearm possession by a person using a controlled substance. The deal will spare the embattled Biden son from prison time by allowing him to complete a pre-trial diversion program, a deal which no other person facing similar charges has ever received in the district of Delaware.
Shapley, the IRS whistleblower, has been an outspoken presence in the media, claiming his team of tax investigators were denied opportunities to link President Biden to his scofflaw son and his business dealings which fell under their investigation. Earlier this week evidence came to light that U.S. attorneys in New Jersey and Los Angeles who refused to bring charges against Hunter Biden had a history of making political donations to President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.