A special counsel has been appointed for the investigation into President Joe Biden’s son, signaling the probe has intensified.
Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday named David Weiss, a US attorney in Delaware, to oversee a probe on Hunter Biden, 53.
It comes a few weeks after Hunter in late July pleaded not guilty to federal charges, as a plea agreement for his tax evasion and gun case fell through suddenly while he was appeared in court.
Garland said he expects Weiss, who was already investigating Hunter’s financial dealings, to work in an ‘even-handed and urgent’ manner.
‘Upon considering his request, as well as the extraordinary circumstances relating to this matter, I have concluded it is in the public interest to appoint him as special counsel,’ said Garland.
Weiss will have independence and a budget to spend in pursuing the investigation.
He was appointed as prosecutors in Delaware said his plea deal talks in the case reached an impasse. It means that Hunter will likely need to stand trial, potentially in Washington, DC, or Southern California.
Some Republican lawmakers were outraged by Weiss’ appointment, believing that Weiss could stonewall their own investigations into Hunter.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith called it an ‘attempt to whitewash the Biden family corruption’.
‘I am worried that this special counsel will only try to block Congress’ legislative authority to investigate,’ Smith told Fox News.
‘And let me tell you, we’re not going to slow down because this isn’t about Hunter Biden. This is about President Biden, and his influence and how his son has helped enrich the entire Biden family.’
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