Key Point: “It appears that if it weren’t for the courageous actions of these whistleblowers, who had nothing to gain and everything to lose, Hunter Biden would never have been charged at all,” a team of lawyers for one of the IRS agents said in a statement to The New York Times.
More Hunter Biden Drama Unfolds
U.S. Attorney David Weiss had no intent of charging Hunter Biden with anything until IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler came forward to complain that the Justice Department hindered their investigation.
They noted in sworn testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee that the Justice Department prevented them from executing a search warrant against Hunter Biden before the 2020 election. Shapley testified that Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Donoghue issued a cease-and-desist barring them from going ahead with the warrant.
Shapley noted that the Justice Department “slow-walked” the investigation and gave Hunter Biden “preferential treatment” compared to defendants not named Biden.
He alleged that Assistant U.S. Attorney Lesley Wolf vetoed the idea of issuing a search warrant on Sept. 3, 2020, because it could cause bad political optics.
Weiss started looking at Biden in 2018 and only came up with a decision to charge Hunter Biden after it became politically heated for him to do nothing.
Weiss Tells Associate He Had No Intent of Charging Hunter
Weiss told an associate he had no intention of charging Hunter Biden because another person would not be charged with the same crimes, The New York Post reported.
Biden’s team suggested in May that their client would not have to plead guilty and would agree to a deferred prosecution agreement that typically involves enrollment in drug rehab and giving up firearms.
The plea deal collapsed due to disagreements over whether Hunter Biden would face charges over alleged violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) during last month’s hearing before Federal District Judge Maryellen Noreika.
“It appears that if it weren’t for the courageous actions of these whistleblowers, who had nothing to gain and everything to lose, Hunter Biden would never have been charged at all,” a team of lawyers for one of the IRS agents said in a statement to The New York Times.
An unnamed law-enforcement official told The Times that there was not any evidence that Weiss has given Biden preferential treatment.
Weiss: A Conflict of Interest?
Shapley’s attorney Mark Lytle told Fox News in the wake of Weiss being named as special counsel that he believes that Weiss has a serious conflict of interest. Consequently, he has no business being anywhere near the Hunter Biden case.
“My overall reaction with all of this information that’s come out… [is] that David Weiss has to go,” Lytle told “The Story.” “He cannot be special counsel in this case – every day there are new revelations about Mr. Weiss and the way he’s handled this case.”
Weiss had a close relationship with Hunter’s brother, Beau Biden, while the latter served as Delaware’s attorney general. He served as an acting U.S. attorney in the Obama administration in 2010.
“Mr. Weiss has been compromised.” A spokesman for House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told The Washington Post.
“The state is a small town and everybody knows each other,” said Henry Klingeman, who previously defended a client in a case prosecuted by Weiss. Klingeman claimed that Joe Biden has been the most significant figure in Delaware politics since 1972, so it’s very likely that he crossed paths with the president at one time or another.
Some of those who know Weiss best dismiss the idea he is biased.
“What it tells you is that David is going to follow the facts, and he is not going to be dissuaded by the fact that an institution or an individual is high-profile and ‘powerful,’” said Thomas Ostrander, an attorney who worked with Weiss at a law firm.
John Rossomando is a defense and counterterrorism analyst and served as Senior Analyst for Counterterrorism at The Investigative Project on Terrorism for eight years. His work has been featured in numerous publications such as The American Thinker, The National Interest, National Review Online, Daily Wire, Red Alert Politics, CNSNews.com, The Daily Caller, Human Events, Newsmax, The American Spectator, TownHall.com, and Crisis Magazine. He also served as senior managing editor of The Bulletin, a 100,000-circulation daily newspaper in Philadelphia, and received the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors first-place award for his reporting.
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