Hunter Biden Prosecutor Will Be Allowed To Testify Before Congress After Republicans Slam Plea Deal
Hunter Biden prosecutor and U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware David Weiss will be allowed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, according to a letter from the Department of Justice.
Weiss’ testimony would come after the announcement of a plea deal where Hunter would plead guilty to two tax misdemeanors and admit the facts of a gun charge. If the deal is accepted by a judge, it will likely mean no jail time for the president’s son. Republican lawmakers were quick to decry the deal, saying that it was too lenient on Hunter, prompting Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) to send a letter requesting Weiss’ testimony before Congress.
“The Department of Justice (Department) appreciates the Committee on the Judiciary’s (Committee’s) acceptance of our offer for U.S. Attorney Weiss to testify at a public hearing before the Committee. The Department is ready to offer U.S. Attorney Weiss to testify shortly after Congress returns from the August district work period, as described more fully below,” Assistant Attorney General Carlos Felipe Uriarte wrote in a letter to Jordan.
Potential dates for the testimony included September 27 or 28, and October 18 or 19.
The DOJ added in its letter that it was concerned that there were misunderstandings about its work and wanted Weiss to speak to those concerns.
“At the same time, we are deeply concerned by any misrepresentations about our work — whether deliberate or arising from misunderstandings — that could unduly harm public confidence in the evenhanded administration of justice, to which we are dedicated,” Uriarte added.
Weiss has been criticized by IRS whistleblowers, who have contended that he has not been consistent in his handling of his investigation into the president’s son. One, Joseph Ziegler, has disputed several statements made by Weiss, saying that Hunter should face more serious criminal charges.
The second whistleblower, IRS supervisory special agent Gary Shapley, has said that the DOJ and Weiss have been unclear about who has charging authority in the investigation into Hunter. “The story has been changing from the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney Weiss — and the only person that’s really had any documents that have been corroborated are my own,” Shapley said before Congress last week.
During the two whistleblowers’ testimony, Jordan critiqued Weiss and the DOJ over the apparent change in who had charging power.
“It looks pretty obvious what happened. It looks pretty obvious,” Jordan said. “Initially everyone was pounding their chest, ‘David Weiss has complete authority.’ Now suddenly he doesn’t. He doesn’t. Because you guys came forward and told the truth.”