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Smith: Appointment of U.S. Attorney who Bungled Hunter Biden Investigation as Special Counsel Deepens Congressional Concerns

August 11, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that he will appoint U.S. Attorney David Weiss as special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden, House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Jason Smith (MO-08) issued the following statement:

“The announcement of a special counsel in this matter only happened because congressional Republicans have exposed the two-tiered judicial system by shining a light onto the investigation into Hunter Biden’s numerous alleged financial crimes and the political interference that shielded both him and the President from scrutiny. Unfortunately, A.G. Garland selected the very same Biden-aligned U.S. Attorney of Delaware, David Weiss, who oversaw the clearly bungled investigation into Hunter Biden and who was the architect of his sweetheart plea deal. This move raises clear concerns that the Administration is once again running cover for the political interference into the Hunter Biden investigation that led to the unprecedented plea deal that fell apart before a federal Judge in Delaware. The reality is this appointment is meant to distract from, and slow down, our investigations. But Congress will not be deterred from continuing its work to hold the Biden Administration accountable and will use every tool available to uncover the facts the American people deserve.”