According to a report, fresh emails contradict U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland’s testimony on the Hunter Biden probe. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has suggested initiating an impeachment inquiry against Garland.
Hunter Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, has just pleaded guilty to a number of tax offenses filed against him by U.S. Attorney David Weiss.
IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley said to Congress that in 2022, Weiss informed high-ups that he wasn’t the one making the decision on whether or not to press charges and that requests for prosecution in California and Washington were denied.
After Weiss’s appointment, Garland informed reporters that the charges were false.
But an email reveals that Darrell Waldon, an IRS employee, confirmed what Shapley said. Waldon, who was also there at the 2022 conference, replies to Shapley’s characterization of the gathering in an email.
According to what Shapley reported, Weiss said that he lacked the power to make charging judgments, that his petition for charges to be filed in Washington was refused, and that his plea to be designated special counsel was also turned down.
The email contradicts Weiss, who stated to the House Judiciary Committee that he had been given ultimate authority over the matter, including the responsibility to decide when, where, and whether to file charges.
McCarthy stated that the differences in the accounts indicate that Weiss should answer Congress. Garland said he backed Weiss testifying in the investigation.
The Justice Department’s Hunter Biden probe came to light last week via leaks from within the Internal Revenue Service, which might affect Attorney General Merrick Garland’s planned testimony at a House hearing at the end of September.
A report shows that on September 20th, Garland will appear before the House Judiciary Committee as part of the agency’s yearly report to Congress and to answer questions about the IRS leakers’ claims that the Justice Department repeatedly obstructed their probe into Biden.
In light of the whistleblower allegations made public by the House Ways and Means Committee’s publication of the entire interview transcripts, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has indicated that he is open to an impeachment probe on Garland.