Republicans delegitimize new DOJ special counsel investigating Hunter Biden.

Republicans delegitimize new DOJ special counsel investigating Hunter Biden.

US Attorney Investigating Hunter Biden Appointed Special Counsel


In a significant escalation of the federal government’s ongoing probe into President Joe Biden’s son, US Attorney David Weiss has been appointed as a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden. This move, announced by Attorney General Merrick Garland, grants Weiss expanded powers to delve deeper into the matter and requires him to produce a final report at the conclusion of the investigation.

But contrary to expectations, conservatives are not rejoicing at this development. Instead, they are launching attacks on Weiss, insisting that he cannot be trusted. House Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, took to Twitter to voice their skepticism, claiming that this is merely an attempt to whitewash the Biden family’s corruption. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy also joined in questioning Weiss’s credibility, affirming that House GOP-led investigations into the Biden family will continue.

The main bone of contention for Republicans is their belief that Weiss won’t pursue Hunter Biden forcefully enough. They contend that the President’s son is receiving favorable treatment – a so-called “sweetheart plea deal” – due to his family name, despite such leniency being rare in comparable cases. This plea deal now seems defunct, as Weiss’s prosecutors have declared an impasse, potentially paving the way for Hunter Biden to face trial.

Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, accused the Department of Justice (DOJ) of obstructing congressional oversight into allegations of Biden family corruption, referencing an ongoing case. However, no concrete evidence has been presented to fully substantiate these allegations thus far.

It is worth noting that Weiss faced criticism from an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) whistleblower in June, who claimed that the DOJ had hindered Weiss’s work and refused his request to be named special counsel. Weiss vehemently denied these claims, and Garland clarified that Weiss himself requested to be appointed special counsel earlier this week.

The appointment of a special counsel in the form of Weiss could pose a dilemma for House Republicans. Some members, particularly those belonging to the hard-right House Freedom Caucus, have contemplated defunding certain aspects of the DOJ and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) due to claims of them being “weaponized” against conservatives and former President Donald Trump. However, the intensified investigation into Hunter Biden may force these Republicans to reconsider their plans, as it could impede the very investigation they hope to support.

Ultimately, this appointment draws attention to the complex dynamics between politics and investigations within the DOJ. It raises questions as to whether the efforts to restrict funding for the DOJ should be executed without compromising ongoing investigations, ensuring that the justice system remains impartial and devoid of political influences.