James Comer Slams David Weiss Over Hunter Biden Indictment – House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer criticized Special Counsel David Weiss over his attempts to indict Hunter Biden on a gun charge by the end of September.
Comer – who is the chair of the committee investigating the first son’s foreign business dealings – said that the gun charge is the “least of all the crimes” that Biden had committed. The charge relates to unlawful purchase and possession of a handgun while Hunter was addicted to narcotics in October 2018.
Republicans have been critical of Weiss – a Trump-appointee – particularly since his elevation to special counsel status in August over his handling of the investigation.
Comer lashed into Weiss during an appearance on WABC 770 AM’s “Cats & Cosby Show” on Wednesday. He explained that he was viewing the ongoing legal situation with caution, noting the previously attempted plea deal between Biden’s attorneys and the prosecution.
“They already tried to sneak something through once. We need to make sure that they don’t do it again,” Comer said. “This is the least of all the crimes that Hunter Biden has committed.”
His comments came after Weiss filed a court document with his intention to indict Hunter through a grand jury – members of the public tasked with deciding whether or not to charge an individual with a crime.
“Obviously, he violated the law and Joe Biden wants to create more gun laws,” Comer added. “I mean, so you know, it’s … I’m not surprised. But David Weiss has a long way to go. I think everybody in America needs to be paying close attention to this.”
After charges against President Joe Biden’s 53-year-old son were announced in June, Hunter’s defense team sought a plea agreement in which he would plead guilty to two tax misdemeanors in exchange for the gun charge being dropped.
This deal – branded as a “sweetheart” agreement by Republicans – was thrown out at the last minute by Delaware District Judge Maryellen Noreika. Negotiations between the two parties reached an impasse on August 11, effectively confirming an unprecedented future court date for the president’s son.
At the same time, Weiss was elevated to special counsel by Attorney General Marrick Garland. “Mr. Weiss advised me that in his judgment, his investigation has reached a stage at which he should continue his work as a Special Counsel, and he asked to be so appointed,” said Attorney General Garland at the time. “Upon considering his request, as well as the extraordinary circumstances relating to this matter, I have concluded it is in the public interest to appoint him as Special Counsel.”
Hunter Biden will be indicted by September 29 at the latest, according to the court filings, although a decision could be reached before the end of the month.
Shay Bottomley is a British journalist based in Canada. He has written for the Western Standard, Maidenhead Advertiser, Slough Express, Windsor Express, Berkshire Live and Southend Echo, and has covered notable events including the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.