A ‘Sweetheart’ Special Counsel
Those who thought they’d seen the worst of Attorney General Merrick Garland were badly mistaken.
Another Friday, another steaming pile of outrage from Team Biden.
In what’s become an increasingly irritating and necessary pattern, Team Biden put forth the latest of its Friday afternoon bad-news dumps — this one coming from corrupt Attorney General Merrick Garland, who announced his appointment of deeply compromised Delaware-based U.S. Attorney David Weiss as special counsel in his never-ending kid-glove probe of Hunter Biden.
“I’m here today,” said Garland at a Friday press conference, “to announce the appointment of David Weiss as a special counsel consistent with the Department of Justice regulations governing such matters. In keeping with those regulations, I have today notified the designated members of each House of Congress of the appointment.”
When we say Weiss is deeply compromised, we mean it. The Bidens must have pictures of this guy on a laptop somewhere. He is, after all, the federal prosecutor who tried to finagle that ridiculous sweetheart plea deal for Hunter and his legal team — the one that ultimately blew up in their faces thanks to an honest judge.
Weiss also dragged his feet for nearly five years on a pretty clear and simple fact pattern of Hunter Biden’s wrongdoing, and in doing so, as IRS whistleblowers have testified, Weiss let the statute of limitations run out on the clear tax evasion charges that Biden was facing. Further, he changed his story to Congress three times about whether he did or didn’t have the authority to charge Biden for his crimes. And yet the Democrats keep calling this guy “the Trump-appointed U.S. attorney from Delaware.” Yes, he was Trump-appointed, but, as is the standard practice, he was recommended by Delaware’s two Democrat senators. So any insinuation that David Weiss is anything but a Biden family toady doesn’t pass the giggle test.
It’s consequential, too. As the editors of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board note: “Special-counsel status is also politically convenient for Messrs. Weiss and Garland because it means both men can use the excuse of an ‘ongoing investigation’ to refuse to answer questions from Congress. Justice is also likely to wall off FBI agents and others who have worked on the case. And forget about members of the Biden family. Congress’s probe may have hit a dead end.”
This is pretty much why we warned Republicans on July 26 to be careful what they wish for: “At this stage, such an appointment would likely do more harm than good. Which is why Kentucky’s James Comer, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, is sounding the alarm on the Republican push for a special counsel. Why? Because he doesn’t trust Attorney General Merrick Garland to appoint an impartial prosecutor, and because he thinks doing so will also short-circuit all the investigative work being done by Republican-led House committees to expose the Biden Crime Family.”
Truth be told, we were among those calling for Garland to appoint a special counsel, but that was way back in April 2022, before Republicans had taken the House and snatched up the Oversight Committee gavel. The work that James Comer, Jim Jordan, and others have done since then, especially in collaboration with FBI and IRS whistleblowers, has been both damning and increasingly difficult for the mainstream media to ignore and for elected Democrats to keep dismissing. How ridiculous it now sounds, to cite just one example, when New York Democrat Congressman Dan Goldman says, “It’s kind of a preposterous premise to think that a father should not say ‘hello’ to people that the son is at dinner with, and that is literally all the evidence is.” Or when he says, “There is not a shred of evidence of a single conflict of interest of President Biden ever doing anything in connection or in relation to Hunter Biden’s business ventures other than advocating for the removal of a prosecutor general who was advantageous to Burisma.”
Preposterous except for all those bank records and those shell corporations and those massive money transfers to (most of) the Biden grandchildren and those repeated references to “the Big Guy.” And as for Biden’s much-publicized demand that the Ukrainian government fire special prosecutor Viktor Shokin, he did so because Shokin was getting too close to Burisma’s corruption and too close to his son Hunter’s money-for-nothing board gig. As such, it’s a quid pro quo in plain sight, as Adam Schiff might say.
As for the appointment of Weiss, what should Republicans do? Fight tooth and nail against it. And they can start by citing former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy, who notes that Weiss isn’t even eligible for the job:
Attorney General Merrick Garland’s appointment of the Biden Justice Department’s Delaware U.S. attorney, David Weiss, as a special counsel is a joke.
To begin with, Weiss is not eligible to be a special counsel under the special-counsel regulations. To be clear, the attorney general has all the authority he needs to assign Weiss to the case (and, indeed, Weiss has been assigned to it throughout Garland’s tenure). But under the regulations that Garland purports to be applying, what makes a special counsel special is that he or she is a lawyer brought in from outside the government, not just outside the Justice Department.
Regarding Garland’s egregiousness, McCarthy further notes that the regulations concerning the appointment of a special counsel also say that Garland can’t be sued for not following the regulations. So, as McCarthy says, “He is pretending to follow regulations while not following them, hoping you don’t notice but aware that even if you do notice there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Still, this can’t stand. At some point, someone needs to thwart this farcical expression of two-tiered justice and this ridiculous protection of a woefully corrupt American president.
“This action by Biden’s DOJ cannot be used to obstruct congressional investigations or whitewash the Biden family corruption,” said House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. “If Weiss negotiated the sweetheart deal that couldn’t get approved, how can he be trusted as a Special Counsel? House Republicans will continue to pursue the facts for the American people.”
Updated with additional info about David Weiss’s efforts to avoid justice in the Hunter Biden investigation.