An exposé by the New York Times (NYT) revealed that Special Counsel David Weiss, the lead investigator for the Hunter Biden case, had initially been inclined to avoid prosecuting Hunter Biden entirely. However, his stance shifted in the spring, coinciding with allegations from IRS officials that the Department of Justice (DOJ) had hindered the investigation.
The IRS officials, who were cooperating with the DOJ, later presented evidence before Congress, arguing there was enough evidence to charge Hunter Biden with tax felonies but that the DOJ hindered such efforts. These officials also alleged that they were discouraged from following leads related to Joe Biden and faced retaliation for their whistleblowing efforts.
Lawyers representing one whistleblower remarked, “It appears that if it weren’t for the courageous actions of these whistle-blowers, who had nothing to gain and everything to lose, Hunter Biden would never have been charged at all.” Following the IRS agents’ testimony, Hunter Biden’s legal team noticed a distinct change in the dynamics, with the U.S. attorney’s office becoming notably silent.
According to the NYT, discussions between Biden’s lawyers and Weiss indicated that Weiss, in 2022, believed he didn’t have enough evidence to indict Hunter Biden on serious charges. Furthermore, Weiss had expressed a reluctance to charge Hunter with even minor offenses, arguing that an average American wouldn’t be prosecuted for similar misdeeds.
Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy, however, voiced strong criticism of Weiss, claiming that he was purposefully trying to bury the DOJ’s investigation into the alleged corruption of the Biden family. McCarthy detailed how evidence was seemingly overlooked or ignored, resulting in the statute of limitations expiring on potential charges.
For example, it was revealed that Hunter Biden had allegedly threatened a Chinese business partner using his father’s name in 2017. This was followed by significant financial transactions, which Hunter did not report as taxable income. The potential for tax-related charges from these transactions expired recently, and McCarthy asserts that Weiss had knowledge of this evidence for years but did not act.
McCarthy further criticized Weiss’s strategy, suggesting that he was trying to delay any prosecution of Hunter while still presenting the image of actively investigating him. McCarthy was particularly critical of the plea agreement that Weiss had drawn up, describing it as “dodgy” and arguing that its terms were suspiciously favorable to Hunter. This plea deal eventually disintegrated, and Weiss was subsequently appointed as a special counsel for the investigation, a move that McCarthy labeled as a “joke” and “sham.”
The handling of the Hunter Biden investigation, particularly the appointment of Weiss as special counsel, has been heavily criticized. Many believe there to be a glaring conflict of interest. McCarthy commented on Garland’s decision, saying, “Garland is pretending to follow regulations while not following them, hoping you don’t notice but aware that even if you do notice there’s nothing you can do about it.”
This scandal has resonated with the American public. An ABC News-Ipsos poll revealed only 32 percent of Americans have confidence in the DOJ’s investigation into Hunter Biden, with 48 percent believing the DOJ is not approaching the investigation fairly and without bias.
Hunter’s collapsed plea deal complicates matters for President Joe Biden, especially as the 2024 elections approach. With the potential for additional charges against Hunter, issues related to his business dealings in Ukraine, Romania, and China might resurface, with claims that Joe Biden played a pivotal role in them. The White House has continually emphasized that the president was never involved in business with his son.