Tuesday will be closed-door testimony by special counsel David Weiss as House Republicans scrutinize the multi-year investigation into Hunter Biden.
According to Fox News, investigators of the House Judiciary Committee will confer with Weiss, who has previously disputed allegations from whistleblowers that the investigation into President Joe Biden’s son was tainted by political considerations.
The inquiry into Hunter Biden was initiated by Weiss in 2018 during his tenure as the United States attorney for Delaware. This investigation resulted in a plea bargain concerning tax and firearm offenses that expired this summer.
Weiss was subsequently designated special counsel by Attorney General Merrick Garland while the House Oversight Committee compiled information regarding business dealings involving Hunter Biden and other Biden family members.
“Special Counsel Weiss is appearing voluntarily to testify before the House Judiciary Committee about the scope of his authority,” Weiss representative Wyn Hornbuckle said.
“Mr. Weiss is prepared to take this unprecedented step of testifying before the conclusion of his investigation to make clear that he’s had and continues to have full authority over his investigation and to bring charges in any jurisdiction,” Hornbuckle said.
This summer, Gary Shapley, an internal revenue service whistleblower, disputed this claim, stating that Weiss required approval from Justice Department officials at its Washington headquarters prior to filing charges against Hunter Biden.
Jordan stated his disagreement with the narrative Weiss has advanced in response to those allegations in a post published on X last week.
“David Weiss said repeatedly that he had ‘ultimate authority’ over the decision to charge Hunter Biden. The only problem? He didn’t. And witnesses continue to discredit his narrative,” Jordan posted.
David Weiss said repeatedly that he had “ultimate authority” over the decision to charge Hunter Biden.
The only problem?
And witnesses continue to discredit his narrative. pic.twitter.com/VHB7Rhzy3z
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) November 1, 2023
David Weiss knew he didn’t really have authority to charge Hunter Biden.
But he kept saying he had “ultimate authority.”
Why not just be honest?https://t.co/JMdOdJJkJV
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) November 2, 2023
Hornbuckle stated that Weiss is constrained in his ability to disclose information to the committee’s investigators.
“Consistent with department policy and the law, he will be unable to address the specifics of his investigation,” Hornbuckle said.
“At the close of this matter, Special Counsel Weiss will prepare a report, which the Attorney General has committed to making public to the greatest extent possible, consistent with the law, department policy and the public interest,” he said.
The Justice Department reportedly presented Jordan and his panel with the option of a public or private session; Jordan, according to a report in The New York Times, opted for the private session that was taking place in Washington on Tuesday.
According to NBC, House Oversight Committee Chairman Representative James Comer of Kentucky has promised to issue subpoenas to members of the Biden family in the course of the House investigation into the activities of Hunter Biden.
Hunter Biden and James Biden, the president’s brother, are two of those who will be subpoenaed, according to NBC, which cited unnamed sources in its report.