A top House Democrat conceded on Aug. 13 that President Joe Biden’s son did a “lot of really unlawful” things, after the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had named a U.S. attorney to head a special counsel investigation into the matter.
“David Weiss, the U.S. attorney for Delaware, who had been nominated by Donald Trump, can make the decisions about what to charge, where to charge, and when to charge,” Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) told ABC’s “This Week.” “And with the collapse of the plea agreement that he had apparently worked out with Hunter Biden, now he wants to be certain that he’s got the authority to go bring charges wherever he wants.”
Hunter Biden, Mr. Raskin said, “did a lot of really unlawful and wrong things” and was, at one point, addicted to drugs.
“From my perspective, it is the rule of law and the justice system working itself out the way that it does and, obviously, it’s bumpy, and this side or that side doesn’t necessarily prefer this course of events,” Mr. Raskin said. “But our job, I think, as political people is to allow the justice system to run its course.”
While there was an announcement weeks ago that a plea deal was made between Mr. Biden’s lawyers and prosecutors, that deal fell apart. Last week, prosecutors wrote in court filings that they were at an impasse with his attorneys over any deal.
“And, certainly, there was political pressure being brought on it, which I don’t approve of myself. I think it’s not our job as politicians to be second-guessing and trying to micromanage.”
Some top Republicans publicly questioned the rationale for appointing Mr. Weiss as special counsel. They included House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who said that Mr. Weiss’s previous involvement in the botched plea agreement raised red flags.
“This action by Biden’s DOJ cannot be used to obstruct congressional investigations or whitewash the Biden family corruption,” Mr. McCarthy wrote on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. “If Weiss negotiated the sweetheart deal that couldn’t get approved, how can he be trusted as a Special Counsel? House Republicans will continue to pursue the facts for the American people.”
Meanwhile, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) said the recent DOJ moves were an attempt to cover up the Biden family’s dealings.
“Let’s be clear what today’s move is really about,” Mr. Comer said in a statement last week. “The Biden Justice Department is trying to stonewall congressional oversight as we have presented evidence to the American people about the Biden family’s corruption.”
In making the announcement last week, Attorney General Merrick Garland said he expects the special counsel to work quickly and in an “even-handed and urgent” manner.
“Upon considering his request, as well as the extraordinary circumstances relating to this matter, I have concluded it is in the public interest to appoint him as special counsel.”
Source: The Epoch Time