Weiss wasn't going to charge Hunter Biden until whistleblowers came forward: report

04:25 20.08.2023

In a recent report, it has been revealed that Hunter Biden's lawyers warned prosecutors last year that they would put President Biden on the stand to testify in his son's defense if criminal charges were ever brought against him. The defense's argument was that President Biden would be a fact witness for the defense in any criminal trial involving Hunter. This information sheds new light on the collapse of Hunter's plea deal, which would have kept him out of prison but was pulled at the last minute by US District Judge Maryellen Noreika.

The report states that Hunter Biden's lawyer, Chris Clark, wrote a 32-page letter to prosecutors in October 2020, expressing concerns about the intense political atmosphere surrounding the case. Clark argued that trying the president's son would create constitutional chaos and tarnish the reputation of the Department of Justice (DOJ). He emphasized that neither the spectacle of a sitting president testifying at a criminal trial nor the potential for a resulting constitutional crisis was justified in this case.

The report also reveals that David Weiss, the US Attorney leading the criminal investigation into Hunter Biden, did not initially plan to charge him until IRS whistleblowers came forward with allegations of tax fraud. Weiss had been willing to conclude the investigation without a plea deal, but the whistleblowers' claims changed the course of the case. This sudden demand for a guilty plea from Hunter Biden was seen as a result of the whistleblowers' actions.

It is important to note that Weiss had been appointed in 2018 to investigate Hunter Biden's foreign business dealings, particularly during his father's time in office. Four years later, Weiss found evidence of wrongdoing but initially did not have enough evidence to indict Hunter. However, negotiations between Weiss and Biden's legal team began in January, and by May, a deal was proposed that would have allowed Hunter to avoid pleading guilty but instead enter into a deferred prosecution agreement.

The report further highlights allegations of political interference from the Justice Department, with IRS investigators Gary Shapley and another tax investigator expressing concerns about the removal of the investigative team after raising these concerns. This sparked outrage among Republican lawmakers, who felt that the DOJ was interfering in the case.

Ultimately, the plea bargain fell through last month during court proceedings in Delaware when the judge raised concerns about ongoing probes into Hunter Biden. The charges against him were dismissed, but Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Weiss as a special counsel, enabling him to broaden the scope of the investigation into other districts.

Hunter Biden is now expected to stand trial either in Washington DC or Southern California. The case has attracted significant attention due to the involvement of the president's son and the allegations of political interference. As the investigation and legal proceedings continue, the public and lawmakers will closely watch the developments surrounding this high-profile case.

/ Sunday, August 20, 2023, 4:25 AM /

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