Republican Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan on Wednesday confronted U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland over allegations the Department of Justice (DOJ) slow-walked its investigation into Hunter Biden.
Jordan disputed Garland’s statement that prosecutor David Weiss, who is overseeing the investigation into Biden’s tax and gun crimes, had “full authority” to bring cases in other jurisdictions if he believed it to be necessary. Biden’s plea agreement fell apart in July, and Garland appointed Weiss as special counsel in the investigation in August. President Joe Biden’s son has since been indicted on three felony gun charges as of Sept. 14.
“The only problem is, [Weiss] had already been turned down by the U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia, Mr. Graves. So he didn’t have full authority, did he?” Jordan asked Garland during the latter’s testimony before the GOP-led House Judiciary Committee.
“You said he had complete authority, but he’d already been turned down,” Jordan continued. “He wanted to bring an action in the District of Columbia, and the U.S. attorney there said ‘No, you can’t.’ And then you go tell the United States Senate, under oath, that he has complete authority.”
Garland said no one had the authority to turn Weiss down. Biden-appointed D.C. U.S. Attorney Matthew Graves allegedly refused to charge the president’s son after Weiss requested the U.S. attorney in the Central District of California and the U.S. attorney for D.C. to each bring tax charges against Biden, according to testimony from IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley. (RELATED: House Republicans Subpoena Witnesses To Key Moment From IRS Whistleblower Testimony About Hunter Biden Case)
Jordan alleged the statute of limitations had been extended in connection with the Hunter Biden investigation because it involved his father. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced GOP lawmakers will move forward with an impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden after hearing testimony and receiving documents that raised suspicions surrounding the president’s possible involvement in an alleged influence-peddling scheme relating to Hunter’s foreign business dealings.
“Those were the years [2014-2015], with the felony tax charges, where Hunter Biden was getting income from Burisma. Here are four facts that I think are so important: Hunter Biden was put on the board of Burisma, made a lot of money, got paid a lot of money over those years, couple million bucks,” Jordan said. “He wasn’t qualified — fact #2 — he wasn’t qualified to be on the board of Burisma. Not my words, his words. He said he got on the board because of his last name. The ‘brand,’ as Devon Archer said when he was under oath, and we deposed him.” (RELATED: House Oversight Releases Bank Records Showing Hunter Biden Took Millions From Russian And Ukrainian Oligarchs)
Jordan said Burisma executives told Biden they needed help and that now-President Joe Biden traveled to Ukraine to get then-Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin fired as Shokin investigated Burisma for corruption. An FD-1023 form from a DOJ whistleblower alleged the founder of Burisma bribed Joe and Hunter Biden with $5 million each to get Shokin fired. (RELATED: Here’s All The Evidence Connecting Joe Biden To Hunter Biden’s Foreign Business Dealings)
Garland said he did not know the answer to Jordan’s question regarding the statute of limitations’ extension, because Weiss was the one conducting the investigation.
“Were [the lawyers] careless?” Jordan asked.
“I expect that won’t be what [Weiss] says, but because—” Garland began.
“You know that’s not the case, because as Mr. [Dan] Bishop pointed out, they had a tolling agreement,” Jordan said. “They talked to Hunter Biden’s defense counsel and said ‘Let’s extend this statute of limitations,’ and at some point, they made an intentional decision to say ‘We’re gonna let the statute of limitations lapse,’ and I want to know who decided that and why they did it.”
“Mr. Weiss was a supervisor of the investigation and at the time and at all times. He made the necessary and appropriate decisions and you’ll be able to ask him that question and he will —” Garland said.
“You know why they did it,” Jordan interjected. “Everyone knows why they did it. They may not say it, but everyone knows why they did it. Those tax years, that dealt with, that involved the president. It’s one thing to have a gun charge in Delaware, that doesn’t involve the President of the United States. But Burisma, oh my, that goes right to the White House. ‘We can’t have that.'”
IRS whistleblowers Shapley and Joseph Ziegler testified to the House Ways and Means Committee that the DOJ slow-walked the Hunter Biden investigation and gave the younger Biden “preferential treatment” throughout the probe. Jordan accused the DOJ of slow-walking the investigation in order to pass the statute of limitations and avoid getting information from Burisma.
Garland reiterated he is unaware of the specifics of what has occurred in the investigation.