Following the appointment of Delaware District Attorney David Weiss by Attorney General Merrick Garland as special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden and the lack of action by the Department of Justice on allegations against him, 2024 GOP frontrunner Donald Trump expressed skepticism on the independence of Weiss.
"Crooked Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, and the entire Biden Crime Family have been protected by the Justice Department for decades even though there is overwhelming evidence and credible testimony detailing their wrongdoing of lying to the American people and selling out the country to foreign enemies for the Biden Cartel’s own financial gain," Trump said in a statement.
"If the special counsel is truly independent - even though he failed to bring proper charges after a four-year investigation and he appears to be trying to move the case to a more Democrat-friendly venue - he will quickly conclude that Joe Biden, his troubled son Hunter, and their enablers, including the media, which colluded with the 51 intelligence officers who knowingly misled the public about Hunter’s laptop, should face the required consequences."
In a surprise Friday press conference, Garland announced Weiss’ appointment, stating, "In February 2018, after being nominated by the former President and confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Weiss was sworn in as the United States Attorney for the District of Delaware. Mr. Weiss had been a career prosecutor, having served previously in the office for more than a decade. Beginning in 2019, Mr. Weiss in his capacity as US attorney and along with federal law enforcement partners, began investigating allegations of certain criminal conduct by, among others, Robert Hunter Biden.
"That investigation has been recently referenced in federal criminal proceedings in the district of Delaware. And as noted in those proceedings, and other public statements by Mr. Weiss's office, that investigation remains ongoing.
Garland later added, "As the extraordinary circumstances relating to this matter, I have concluded that it is in the public interest to appoint him as special counsel. This appointment confirms my commitment to provide Mr. Weiss all the resources he requests. It also reaffirms that Mr. Weiss has the authority he needs to conduct a thorough investigation and to continue to take the steps he deems appropriate independently, based only on the facts and the law."
It was revealed shortly after Weiss’ appointment that the Delaware attorney had dropped the plea deal that had been in the works with Hunter Biden in Delaware over tax crimes and a gun charge.
"During the July 26, 2023 hearing that the court set on this matter the defendant, that would be Hunter Biden, pled not guilty. Since that time, the parties have engaged in further negotiations but are at an impasse. The government now believes that the case will not resolve short of a trial," a court filing read.
Hunter Biden was facing charges in Delaware for failure to pay taxes as well as a gun charge. The deal that was initially struck would have seen Hunter Biden "take responsibility for two instances of misdemeanor failure to file tax payments when due pursuant to a plea agreement. A firearm charge, which will be subject to a pretrial diversion agreement and will not be the subject of the plea agreement, will also be filed by the Government," per his attorney Chris Clark in June.
The deal fell apart in July, when the judge overseeing a court hearing discovered that as part of the diversion agreement for the gun charge, Hunter Biden would be precluded from being brought up on any future charges for not having registered as a foreign agent while engaging in business deals overseas.
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