(Daily Mail) Chairman James Comer says Republicans on the Oversight Committee have ‘no confidence’ in Special Counsel David Weiss and insists his panel will continue its investigation into Hunter Biden.
Comer said that Attorney General Merrick Garland‘s appointment of Weiss on Friday is ‘a joke,’ and says it only further proves the politicalization and weaponization of the Department of Justice.
He told Fox News that one of the reasons a special counsel is unnecessary is because half of lawmakers and America don’t have confidence in him or the source of the appointment.
Weiss was the prosecutor that allowed the statute of limitations run out on five-year investigation into Hunter and was behind the negotiations of a now-defunct ‘sweetheart’ plea deal with the president’s 53-year-old son, said Comer.
‘Well, this is a joke,’ Comer told Fox News host Trey Gowdy on Sunday evening. ‘All that Merrick Garland did was validate the point that many Republicans have been making – that the Department of Justice was weaponized.’
Oversight Chairman James Comer said Sunday evening that Special Counsel David Weiss’ appointment to hunter Biden’s case is a ‘joke.’ He told Fox News’ Trey Gowdy: ‘I have no confidence that [Attorney General] Merrick Garland would appoint anyone credible. I never dreamed he would do as bad as he did with Weiss’
‘I’ve been very vocal and saying we didn’t need a special counsel,’ Comer added. ‘I have no confidence that Merrick Garland would appoint anyone credible. I never dreamed he would do as bad as he did with Weiss.’
Rep. Comer (R-Ky.) insists the panel is also focusing on President Biden and his involvement in his son’s shady foreign business dealings.
‘We have a lot of crimes that were committed by the president’s son, but we’re concerned, as you know, about the president of the United States. We heard testimony just two weeks ago that he was a central figure in this,’ he said, referencing closed-door testimony with Hunter’s once long-time business associate Devon Archer.
Weiss on Friday was appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland as special counsel – a move which gives him broader day-to-day independence from supervision than previously, and which is designed to remove any suggestion that the White House may have been improperly interfering in the investigation.
The appointment undermines claims from Republicans and IRS whistleblowers that Weiss doesn’t have full authority and is being driven by the Biden administration.
They also questioned why Weiss can be trusted when he signed off on the first Hunter plea deal deemed a ‘slap on the wrist,’ for gun and tax crimes, before it unravelled in court just weeks ago.
IRS whistleblowers came forward and testified under oath that the DOJ improperly interfered in the investigation.
They claimed Hunter should have been charged with a felony in Washington, D.C., for tax crimes dating back to his years at the Ukrainian oil company Burisma. But Biden-appointed D.C. prosecutor Matthew Graves allegedly squashed them.
In addition, buried in the deal was a clause suggesting that Hunter would be granted blanket immunity for any potential future charges that may arise from the DOJ’s five-year probe – including for failing to register as a foreign agent.
As a result, the plea deal blew up and Hunter’s legal troubles are far from over.
In a new filing last week, prosecutors said negotiations on a new plea agreement are at a standstill, and that the government ‘now believes that the case will not resolve short of trial.’
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Turner (R-Ohio) has also accused Weiss of engaging in ‘prosecutorial misconduct’ by deliberately allowing potential charges to expire against Hunter.
Turner told CBS News on Sunday morning that he did not have confidence in Weiss’ commitment to the case.
‘The concern here with Weiss being special counsel is that he was the one that allowed the statute limitations to expire on some very critical felony charges that could have been brought against Hunter Biden,’ said Turner.