The Department of Justice (DOJ) intervened on behalf of Delaware US Attorney David Weiss in response to congressional inquiries on its investigation into Hunter Biden and the family business, emails show.
The revelations raise new questions about whether David Weiss was under the direction of the DOJ when responding to congressional investigators and if whether they conspired to mislead Congress to help Biden.
According to The Federalist:
Did the DOJ’s Office of Legislative Affairs respond to Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson’s May 9, 2022, letter seeking information concerning the Hunter Biden investigation? Weiss posed that question to one of his lead assistant U.S. attorneys, Shannon Hanson.
“Not to my knowledge,” Hanson replied, followed soon after with a second email noting that Joe Gaeta, the then-deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legislative Affairs, was working on a response. And although Grassley and Johnson had addressed their May 9, 2022, inquiry solely to Weiss, DOJ’s Office of Legislative Affairs would intercede on his behalf, responding in a letter dated June 9, 2022, that the DOJ would not respond to the questions posed.
The following month, Grassley and Johnson dispatched another letter requesting information related to the Hunter Biden investigation, addressing this letter to Weiss and Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray.
Again, the Office of Legal Counsel intervened, telling Weiss’s office in an email reviewed by The Federalist that it would “take the lead on drafting a response” to Grassley and Johnson’s letter.
“It is standard procedure for congressional inquiries to be routed through the agency’s legislative affairs shop,” Kash Patel told Breitbart News.
“What is not standard,” Patel continued, is for the DOJ to create “conspiratorial schemes concocted to subvert valid constitutional oversight and stonewall documentation production.”
“It also shows how Republicans allow themselves to be dominated by DOJ’s criminal conduct by flailing about with another strongly worded letter,” Patel added.
“Impeach them for breaking the law, or stop complaining when you get punched in the face.”
Weiss told House investigators in June that he had “ultimate authority” in charging Hunter Biden.
But FOIA emails show that while AG Merrick Garland claimed Weiss was the sole authority in charging Hunter Biden, Garland responded to House investigators.
In May, IRS supervisory agent Gary Shapley claimed Weiss stated during an October 7, 2022, meeting that “he [Weiss] is not the deciding person on whether charges are filed” against Hunter.
Shapley testified that Weiss’s efforts to bring charges were denied.
Breitbart noted that to ascertain if Weiss had full authority to charge Hunter Biden, House Republicans subpoenaed four senior IRS and FBI officials who reportedly heard Weiss say he would not be given special counsel authority and was blocked from charging the president’s son outside Delaware.
“Americans deserve to know the truth, especially now that Attorney General Garland has appointed as special counsel the same U.S. Attorney who oversaw Hunter Biden’s sweetheart plea deal and botched the investigation into his alleged tax crimes,” House Ways and Means Chair Jason Smith (R-MO) and Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH) wrote.