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IRS whistleblower legal team blasts U.S. Attorney Weiss over changing story on Hunter Biden case

The team highlighted the disparity between June 7 and June 30 statements that Weiss, the U.S. attorney pursuing the case, made to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan.

Published: July 10, 2023 3:58pm

The legal team representing IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley is furious over the seemingly conflicting statements U.S. Attorney David Weiss made to House Republicans about his authority to pursue charges against Hunter Biden.

"U.S. Attorney David Weiss’s story continues to change. As a practical matter, it makes no difference whether Weiss requested special counsel or special attorney authority," wrote attorneys Tristan Leavitt, Jason Foster, and Mark Lytle. "Under no circumstances should ‘the process’ have included the political appointees of the subject’s father, because Congress and the public had been assured it would not—but it did."

The team highlighted the disparity between June 7 and June 30 statements that Weiss, the U.S. attorney pursuing the case, made to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan.

"I want to make clear that, as the Attorney General has stated, I have been granted ultimate authority over this matter, including responsibility for deciding where, when, and whether to file charges," he stated on the seventh. He later informed Jordan that "My charging authority is geographically limited to my home district. If venue for a case lies elsewhere, common Departmental practice is to contact the USAO for the district in question and determine whether it wants to partner on the case."

Shapley has alleged that the Hunter Biden investigation faced political interference from Biden-appointed officials, in particular asserting that the D.C. U.S. Attorney refused to pursue charges against the first son and that Attorney General Merrick Garland had rejected a request from Weiss to be named special counsel.

Garland previously told Congress that Weiss had full authority to bring charges against Biden, though Shapley's testimony has undercut that statement. Weiss's own communications with Congress seem to lend support to Shapley's version.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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