Saturday 1 July 2023

Prosecutor In Hunter Biden Criminal Case Releases Letter ‘On Two Issues’

 U.S. Attorney David Weiss, the federal prosecutor in Delaware overseeing the criminal case against Hunter Biden, sent a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) on Friday addressing “two issues” that have made news in recent weeks.

Hunter, who had been facing a multi-year investigation by officials, negotiated a deal with Weiss, a Trump nominee, earlier this month. Hunter will plead guilty to failing to pay about $100,000 in taxes for 2017 and for failing to pay a similar amount for 2018. The tax charges Hunter faces are misdemeanors.

He is expected to not face any jail time and to be given two years of probation.

Since the deal was made public, IRS whistleblowers came forward and alleged that Attorney General Merrick Garland interfered with the investigation and that the IRS agents were retaliated against.

In the letter to Jordan, Weiss said that he could not address specifics at this time about the whistleblowers’ allegations that pertain to the “criminal investigation that is now being prosecuted in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.”

While he said he could not divulge information related to the investigation at this time, he did say that he wanted to “provide some general insight on two issues.”

“First, the Department of Justice did not retaliate against ‘an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Supervisory Special Agent and whistleblower, as well as his entire investigative team… for making protected disclosures to Congress,'” he wrote.

“Second, in my June 7 letter I stated, ‘I have been granted ultimate authority over this matter, including responsibility for deciding where, when and whether to file charges and for making decisions necessary to preserve the integrity of the prosecution, consistent with federal law, the Principles of Federal Prosecution, and Departmental regulations,'” he continued. “I stand by what I wrote and wish to expand on what this means.”


“As the U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, my charging authority is geographically limited to my home district,” he said. “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. If not, I may request Special Attorney status from the Attorney General pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 515. Here, I have been assured that, if necessary after the above process, I would be granted § 515 Authority in the District of Columbia, the Central District of California, or any other district where charges could be brought in this matter.”

“At the appropriate time, I welcome the opportunity to discuss these topics with the Committee in more detail, and answer questions related to the whistleblowers’ allegations consistent with the law and Department policy,” he concluded. “It is my understanding that the Office of Legislative Affairs will work with the Committee to discuss appropriate timeline and scope.”

Post a Comment

Start typing and press Enter to search