Charlotte Tyler
August 12, 2023

Lindsey Graham criticizes DOJ decision to appoint a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden: 'Stupid political decision'

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) responded to Attorney General Merrick Garland's appointment of David Weiss as the special counsel for the Hunter Biden investigation.

Garland appointed investigator David Weiss as special counsel in the Hunter Biden investigation, as Fox News reported.

However, Weiss' connection to previous probes of President Biden's son and role in his ill-fated original plea agreement have prompted many Republican lawmakers to query the move.

Graham criticized the move as a "political decision" on Friday's installment of America Reports contending that the Justice Department is attempting to solve "a legal problem they created for themselves."

Graham's Comments

"This was a political decision, not a legal decision. They're trying to put out a fire and they just poured gasoline on it," Graham said.

"Nobody in their right mind believes that making him a special counsel, Mr. Weiss, cleans up the mess that's been created. If it weren't for the House of Representatives, we wouldn't know any of this," he continued.

"This doesn't pass the smell test. What they've tried to do is give Hunter Biden a deal that no other American would get. The judge asked hard questions," Graham went on.

"The plea agreement blew up. And to think that the very guy who wrote the plea agreement is seriously going to continue to investigate the Bidens is laughable. Andy is dead right. The guy that wrote the plea agreement did it in a fashion to give Hunter Biden the biggest break maybe in American legal history," the lawmaker continued.

"Does anybody in their right mind trust the Weiss team to continue to fairly and impartially investigate the Hunter Biden, Joe Biden matter? I don't. So you've changed the title, but the problem is still the same," he added.

"This was a dumb political decision to try to solve a legal problem they've created for themselves. Nobody in America is going to buy that he becomes special counsel. All is well," Graham concluded.

The Appointment

On Friday, Garland appointed U.S. Attorney David Weiss as a special counsel in the Hunter Biden investigation, as well as any other matters that have arisen or may arise as a result of this investigation.

Garland commented on the issue at a press conference in Washington, D.C., saying "I'm here today 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."

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