House Republicans accused on Monday the US Justice Department of intervening in the criminal probe of President Joe Biden's son, Hunter.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy tweeted on Sunday that US Attorney David Weiss, the federal prosecutor appointed by Republican ex-president Donald Trump, also overseeing the investigation, must answer questions about whistleblower allegations that the Justice Department intervened in the case to protect Biden's son.
“We need to get to the facts, and that includes reconciling these clear disparities. US Attorney David Weiss must provide answers to the House Judiciary Committee,” McCarthy tweeted.
“If the whistleblowers' allegations are true, this will be a significant part of a larger impeachment inquiry into (Attorney General) Merrick Garland's weaponization of the Department of Justice (DOJ),” he added.
Last week, Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee released testimony from two IRS whistleblowers — agent Gary Shapley, and another unnamed agent — who were involved in investigating Hunter Biden’s taxes. They alleged that prosecutors slow-walked the case against Hunter Biden.
That investigation, led by Weiss, resulted in Hunter Biden’s agreeing to plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges of willfully failing to pay income taxes and to enter as part of an agreement that could avert conviction on a gun-related charge.
Garland denied that Hunter Biden was treated with a more leniency due to his relation to President Biden. He asserted that Weiss had full authority over the probe into the president’s son.
“As I said from the moment of my appointment as attorney general, I would leave this matter in the hands of the United States attorney — who was appointed by the previous president and assigned to this matter by the previous administration — that he would be given full authority to decide the matter as he decided was appropriate, and that’s what he’s done,” Garland said.
Weiss confirmed Garland’s statement. In a June 7 letter to Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan, Weiss vowed that the DOJ had given him “ultimate authority” over the investigation “including responsibility for deciding where, when, and whether to file charges and for making decisions necessary to preserve the integrity of the prosecution.”