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GOP senator calls out ‘political interference’ in Hunter Biden’s criminal probe

EXCLUSIVE: Republican senator claims contradictory statements by Hunter Biden prosecutor and Attorney General Merrick Garland are proof of ‘political interference’- and demands both men testify to Congress

  • Weiss insisted last week that he has ‘ultimate authority’ in the criminal case against the president’s son Hunter
  • However, IRS whistleblowers claim Weiss needed approval from D.C.’s top prosecutor

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GOP Sen. Bill Hagery is calling out ‘political interference’ by Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland and Hunter Biden prosecutor David Weiss based on a series of recent contradictory statements made by the two men.

U.S. Attorney Weiss has stated that his charging authority in the Hunter criminal case is limited to his home district of Delaware, contradicting Garland’s multiple public assurances that he could bring charges in any district and has total control of the case without influence by DOJ leadership.

In addition, new bombshell testimony by IRS agent Gary Shapely and another whistleblower revealed that Weiss tried to bring charges against Hunter Biden in Washington, D.C., but was blocked by the district’s top federal prosecutor Matthew Graves, a Biden appointee. Their testimony contradicts Garland’s statements that Weiss has total authority in the case.

Hagerty, R-Tenn., told DailyMail.com in a statement Friday that the contradictions in statements made by the top officials involved in the Hunter probe stink of ‘political interference.’ 

U.S. Attorney Weiss sent a letter last week to the House Judiciary Committee, insisting that he has 'ultimate authority' in the criminal gun and tax case against the president's son Hunter

‘Political interference by the President’s appointees in the Biden criminal investigation is completely unacceptable, and instead of dodging the serious, mounting questions raised by this testimony, Garland and Weiss should testify before Congress as soon as possible,’ Hagerty told DailyMail.com. 

Weiss sent a letter last week to the House Judiciary Committee attempting to clarify his role in the probe and insisted that he actually holds the ‘ultimate authority’ in the criminal gun and tax case against the president’s son Hunter.

Weiss explained that as the U.S. attorney for Delaware, his charging authority is normally ‘geographically limited’ to that district – but said that Attorney General Merrick Garland had promised to grant him special attorney status to bring charges anywhere. 

‘As the U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, my charging authority is geographically limited to my home district. If venue for a case lies elsewhere, common Departmental practice is to contact the United States Attorney’s Office for the district in question and determine whether it wants to partner on the case,’ he wrote. ‘If not, I may request Special Attorney status from the Attorney General.’ 

However, Garland said last month that Weiss was free ‘to make a decision to prosecute any way in which he wanted to and in any district in which he wanted to.’

And the attorney general told Hagerty in an April 2022 Senate Appropriations Committee hearing that the main Department of Justice was not overseeing Weiss’ probe into Hunter.

‘[Weiss] is in charge of that investigation. There will not be interference of any political or improper kind,’ Garland said in response to Hagerty’s question.

‘U.S. Attorney Weiss’s letter doesn’t dispute sworn testimony from two apolitical IRS investigators that he was blocked from bringing charges against President Biden’s family, which contradicts Attorney General Garland’s statement to me in an April 2022 Senate hearing that Weiss had full authority to investigate and bring charges,’ Hagerty said. 

Over the weekend, an attorney for IRS whistleblower Shapley said Weiss actually did not have ‘full authority’ to bring charges, and had to ‘partner’ with the ‘relevant U.S. Attorney.’ 

The senator added in a statement to DailyMail.com that Weiss’ assurances to the House Judiciary Committee that he won’t be blocked from charging in other districts is ‘completely hollow’ if charges can no longer be brought there, pointing to how the Biden Justice Department ran out the statute of limitations clock. 

The letter by Weiss came just over a week after Hunter reached an agreement with the government to plead guilty to misdemeanor tax offenses. The plea deal would also avert prosecution on a felony charge of illegally possessing a firearm as a drug user, as long as Biden adheres to conditions agreed to in court.

'I have been granted ultimate authority in this case, including responsibility for deciding where, when and whether to file charges,' wrote Weiss of his probe into Hunter

Garland said last month that Weiss was free 'to make a decision to prosecute any way in which he wanted to and in any district in which he wanted to'

Hagerty, R-Tenn., told DailyMail.com in a statement Friday that the contradictions in statements made by the top officials involved in the Hunter probe stink of 'political interference'

Republicans have criticized the arrangement as a ‘sweetheart deal’ for the president’s son and have demanded information on the plea deal.

Weiss also attempted to address some of the internal charging concerns – led by Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio – in the letter last week. 

He denied claims that the Justice Department had ‘retaliated’ against Shapley and another whistleblower who criticized his handling of the Hunter probe in congressional testimony.

The Hunter prosecutor also rejected Jordan’s sweeping demands for documents and records related to interactions between the DOJ and IRS on the Hunter Biden case.

‘I am required to protect confidential law enforcement information and deliberative communications related to the case. Thus, I will not provide specific information related to the Hunter Biden investigation at this time,’ he wrote.

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