The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is under fire after recently granting Hunter Biden a sweetheart deal that circumvented the normal laws of justice, despite five years of investigations and a potential bevy of chargeable offenses, including drugs, sex trafficking, false statements, and tax fraud.
The DOJ has even been called out by IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley, who claims that the Department of Justice has tried to cover up the matter and interfered in the decision–making process in some way. Now, lawyer Merrick Garland is under the spotlight for his comments on the matter during a recent Q&A session.
Facing questions on whether DOJ leadership stepped in and stopped U.S. Attorney David Weiss from charging Biden in other jurisdictions, Garland said that Weiss had complete authority to make all decisions on his own.
Unfortunately for Garland, this answer isn’t enough for the public. After all, the real question here is not whether Weiss had the authority to make decisions or not — it’s whether or not DOJ officials, potentially even Garland, interfered in any way. This shaky answer has only made things worse for the Department of Justice as a whole.
In response, Shapley released a statement that named six witnesses present at an October 7, 2022 meeting at the Delaware U.S. Attorney’s Office, that included members of the FBI and IRS investigative teams. During this meeting, Shapley claims Weiss told the six witnesses that he did not have the authority to charge in other districts and had thus requested special counsel status.
This damning information has put the DOJ under even more pressure to answer for their actions. Shapley is willing to name names and testify under oath, whereas Garland’s comments were anything but definite, offering no real clear answer.
As of now, it looks like the DOJ is in a difficult position. President Donald Trump appointed Weiss, but that doesn’t seem to guarantee protection anymore. The public outcry has grown with each revelation, and the questions won’t stop any time soon.
The Hunter Biden case may be resolved, but the questions swirling around the Department of Justice are likely to continue, that is until the public gets the answers they deserve.
Garland responds to the IRS whistleblower who said U.S. Attorney David Weiss was told not to bring charges against Hunter Biden:
“I don’t know how it would be possible for anybody to block him from bringing a prosecution.” pic.twitter.com/jz80vl9Id6
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) June 23, 2023