As controversy continues to swirl about Attorney General Merrick Garland's appointment of U.S. Attorney David Weiss as special counsel in the Hunter Biden probe, news has emerged that President Joe Biden's presidential transition team and the U.S. Secret Service were tipped off in advance about plans to interview the first son in the prior investigation Weiss oversaw, as Fox News reports.
Those revelations have come from a supervisory agent at the FBI who spoke to congressional investigators, and according to the official, the end result was that questioning of Hunter Biden – planned for December of 2020 – never took place at all, despite government suspicions of his wrongdoing.
The agent in question is someone who was employed by the FBI for over 20 years and recently retired, according to Fox News.
That individual sat for a transcribed interview in July with investigative staffers from the House Oversight Committee.
Revelations from the interview appear to support IRS whistleblower allegations that the years-long investigation of Hunter Biden of which Weiss was in charge was hindered by politically driven considerations that resulted in limitations on the probe's scope.
Despite his supervisory role over a probe that has since been called into serious question by multiple federal whistleblowers, Weiss was recently elevated by Garland to the role of special counsel, charged with handling the global investigation into potential crimes committed by the first son.
The move came after controversial plea agreement reached between Hunter Biden's lawyers and federal prosecutors collapsed under scrutiny from U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika.
Not surprisingly, Republicans and others have expressed outrage at Garland's decision, doubting the independence of Weiss in the latest phase of the Hunter Biden probe, given the allegations that have already been made about his susceptibility to political pressure when it comes to investigating the president's son.
“Tipping off the transition team and not being able to interview Hunter Biden as planned are just a couple of examples that reveal the Justice Department's misconduct in the Biden criminal investigation that occurred under U.S. Attorney Weiss' watch,” opined Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-KY).
Comer continued, “The Oversight Committe has no confidence in U.S. Attorney Weiss as special counsel, given his inability to prevent the Biden transition team from being contacted, and federal agents were not permitted to interview Hunter Biden as planned. Under the Weiss-led investigation, investigators were prevented from taking steps that could have led to Joe Biden, the statute of limitations was allowed to run with respect to certain felonies, and the U.S. attorney's office sought to give Hunter Biden an unprecedented sweetheart plea deal.”
Aside from the aforementioned, very specific concerns lodged by Comer and others regarding Weiss' conduct prior to his appointment as special counsel, legal scholar and Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz believes there is another simple reason why Garland's promotion of Weiss cannot stand.
Citing §600.3(c) of the Code of Federal Regulations, Dershowitz says that there is no getting around the fact that anyone chosen to serve as a special counsel must be “selected from outside the United States government,” a qualification Weiss clearly does not meet.