McCarthy slams Garland on Biden family probe: 'Smells like a cover-up'

McCarthy wrote an op-ed titled, "On Biden's watch, Lady Justice has been weaponized. But Merrick Garland can't do this one thing."

Published: July 12, 2023 1:41pm

Updated: July 12, 2023 4:01pm

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday said the Justice Department's slow investigation of Hunter Biden followed by a plea deal to avoid prison time "smells like a cover-up" under Attorney General Merrick Garland.

In an op-ed for Fox News titled, "On Biden's watch, Lady Justice has been weaponized. But Merrick Garland can't do this one thing," McCarthy wrote that mounting evidence shows that the Justice Department under Joe Biden "enforces the law unequally by tilting the scales to favor friends and family while unleashing the FBI and prosecutors on President Biden’s political opponent" – former President Donald Trump.

McCarthy, a California Republican, pointed out that the statute of limitations ran out on any tax evasion charges that could be brought against Hunter Biden on payments he received from the Ukrainian energy firm Burisma while his father, Joe Biden, was vice president. 

"After slow-walking this investigation for five years, the DOJ turned what the whistleblower described as a 'slam dunk' felony case against Hunter Biden into a sweetheart plea deal and possibly buried evidence of crimes that have sent other Americans to prison," McCarthy also wrote. "When a prosecutor shields his boss’s son from investigators, it smells like a cover-up. Garland’s DOJ did not aggressively follow the money. Why? Are they afraid of where that trail ends?"

The House Speaker said that "someone is not telling the truth" and Congress is responsible for finding the answers. 

McCarthy is demanding for David Weiss, the Delaware U.S. Attorney leading the Hunter Biden probe, to testify before Congress. 

"Our committees will continue to gather evidence and conduct oversight, and we will follow the facts wherever they lead. Nothing will stop us from getting to the truth for the American people," McCarthy pledged.

Madeleine Hubbard is an international correspondent for Just the News. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

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