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Special Counsel Weiss Got a Promotion After Bungling the Investigation — Ways and Means, Judiciary, and Oversight and Accountability Chairs Ask Garland “Why Weiss?”

Committees request all documents and communications about appointment as well as directives and instructions
August 29, 2023 — Blog    — Oversight    — Press Releases   

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Attorney David Weiss, who bungled the investigation into Hunter Biden and was the architect of the sweetheart plea deal that fell apart under scrutiny from a federal judge, has been elevated to Special Counsel by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, renewing concerns from congressional investigators about how the Department of Justice (DOJ) may have been attempting to circumvent the rule of law in favor of the Biden family. Given that the DOJ deviated substantially from standard investigative practice during its investigation of Hunter Biden’s criminal conduct, how it brokered an apparently unprecedented plea deal for Hunter Biden, and how, only after five years of waiting, DOJ opted to appoint Mr. Weiss as Special Counsel, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (R-MO), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH), and House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland requesting by September 11, 2023…

  1. All documents and communications referring or relating to U.S. Attorney David Weiss’s appointment as special counsel; and
  2. Any additional scope memoranda, directives, or instructions from the Office of the Attorney General referring or relating to U.S. Attorney David Weiss’s appointment as special counsel.

In the letter, the chairs write:

“The Committees on the Judiciary, Ways and Means, and Oversight and Accountability are continuing their oversight of the Department of Justice’s (Department or DOJ) commitment to impartial justice and the veracity of statements made in response to congressional inquiries related to the investigation of Hunter Biden. On August 11, 2023, after the Department’s apparently unprecedented plea deal with Mr. Biden fell apart under scrutiny from a federal judge, you appointed U.S. Attorney David Weiss as Special Counsel over this matter. Your appointment raises numerous concerns considering earlier statements from you and Mr. Weiss that Mr. Weiss already had ‘ultimate’ authority—free of any political pressure—to pursue the investigation where, when, and how he sought fit. Now, recently reported information raises additional concerns about the Department’s unusual actions in this matter, and suggests that the Department under your leadership has been attempting to circumvent the rule of law in favor of Hunter Biden, President Biden, and the Biden family. Given the extremely serious nature of these issues, the Committees expect unfettered cooperation with our oversight from both you and the Department.”

Read the full letter to Attorney General Garland here.