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Garland Appoints Weiss As Special Counsel

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) raised questions regarding U.S. Attorney David Weiss’ appointment as special counsel in the Hunter Biden probe. On Wednesday, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Weiss, which he called “in the public interest”, yet McCarthy was unconvinced.

McCarthy wrote on ‘X,’ formerly known as Twitter, “This action by Biden’s [Department of Justice (DOJ)] cannot be used to obstruct congressional investigations or whitewash the Biden family corruption. If Weiss negotiated the sweetheart deal that couldn’t get approved, how can he be trusted as a Special Counsel?”

Weiss was the U.S. attorney for the District of Delaware who had handled the investigation into Hunter Biden on tax evasion allegations. The proposed plea deal with prosecutors and Biden’s legal team was labeled a “sweetheart” deal, ultimately falling apart following Judge Maryellen Norieka’s questions and scrutiny.

The proposed deal would have had Hunter Biden pleading guilty to two misdemeanor tax violations and entering a pretrial diversion program for a gun charge, in order to avoid jail time. However, questions arose about the “immunity for other potential crimes in perpetuity” that was not addressed by the original agreement, and Wise confirming that the investigation would not grant Biden immunity in perpetuity, “null and void” the initial plea deal.

House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-KY) is skeptical about Weiss’ appointment as Special Counsel. Comer has alleged that this is part of a DOJ cover-up amidst Republican investigations. Hinting to this claim is the appointment’s timing being the day after Comer revealed plans to subpoena some of Biden’s family members.

In agreement with Comer’s opinion, Russell Dye, a spokesman for House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) stated for Breitbart News, “David Weiss can’t be trusted and this is just a new way to whitewash the Biden family’s corruption.”

NBC News reported that negotiations for a subsequent plea deal halted on Friday, ultimately pushing the case towards trial. While Weiss’ role as U.S. Attorney nears drawing to a close, Garland reassures the public that “[t]he department’s decision is made solely on the merits — exclusively in the pursuit of justice and nothing else — and that is the standard I have applied here.”

Yet, this leaves many lingering questions as to whether Weiss can be trusted, as consistent with McCarthy’s anxiety, and if Weiss’s appointment will be utilized for a cover-up of any illegal activity or not. Only time will tell the ultimate importance, if any, of Weiss’s appointment as Special Counsel.

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