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Biden-appointed US attorneys refused to work on Hunter Biden case, FBI agent says

Hunter Biden (Center for Strategic & International Studies/WikiCommons)
September 14, 2023

An FBI agent recently testified that U.S. attorneys appointed by President Joe Biden were uncooperative with Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss, the lead prosecutor investigating Hunter Biden for alleged tax offenses. kì

The disclosure raises questions about the integrity of the legal process and has added fuel to the already heated debate on Capitol Hill over the ongoing investigation.

The FBI agent testified before the House Judiciary Committee, confirming earlier allegations made by IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley. According to transcripts reviewed by the Daily Caller, the agent stated that Matthew Graves, U.S. Attorney for D.C., and E. Martin Estrada, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, “refused to work” with Weiss on charges against Hunter Biden in their respective jurisdictions.

“I remember learning at some point in the investigation that Mr. Weiss would have to go through his other processes because the U.S. Attorney’s Offices had, I guess, in that sense, using that terminology, wasn’t going to partner,” the agent said when asked about Graves.

Graves, who assumed his role as D.C. U.S. Attorney in November 2021, had previously worked for Biden’s presidential campaign and contributed to it financially, according to Senate Judiciary Committee records and FEC filings. Estrada took office in September 2022 and had made prior political donations to Vice President Kamala Harris’ Democratic Senate campaign, according to FEC records.

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Addressing the testimony of Gary Shapley, the FBI agent disputed the claim that Weiss lacked final authority over the Hunter Biden case prior to his special counsel designation. “So, again, there had been a process. He would still have the authority to do so. It’s just that now he would do it differently,” the agent clarified.

According to The Daily Caller, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Weiss as special counsel in August after a plea deal involving Hunter Biden fell apart. Weiss subsequently moved to withdraw tax charges against Biden in Delaware, aiming to potentially charge him in D.C. or California. Those charges were dismissed without prejudice by U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika.

These developments come as various committees, including the House Ways and Means Committee, the Judiciary Committee, and the Oversight Committee, continue to investigate allegations of special treatment and political interference in the Hunter Biden case.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has announced that these committees will lead the House’s impeachment inquiry into President Biden.

This news article was partially created with the assistance of artificial intelligence and edited and fact-checked by a human editor.