The fight for the next Speaker of the House has led to topics like the Joe Biden impeachment and Hunter Biden probe being sidelined. But on Tuesday, that is expected to change.
Federal prosecutors are scheduled to appear for transcribed interviews behind closed doors at the House Judiciary Committee this week amid the panel’s investigation into the politicization of the Biden probe.
The request for the department officials to answer questions before the committee comes after allegations of politicization and misconduct at the Justice Department agencies throughout probe into the Hunter Biden.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) July 19, 2023
In July, the Committee on Oversight and Accountability issued a press release detailing the testimony offered by two IRS whistleblowers.
According to the press release, the whistleblowers provided evidence of the DOJ’s politicization and misconduct in the Biden criminal investigation.
The Republicans led a House Oversight Committee hearing about an alleged meddling in the Justice Department's investigation of Hunter Biden. Two IRS whistleblowers testified that the criminal probe of Biden was mishandled pic.twitter.com/piyCSLWBKE
— Reuters (@Reuters) July 20, 2023
From the press release:
Joe Ziegler, a 13-year Special Agent with the IRS, testified how the Bidens were given preferential treatment during the Justice Department’s investigation:
“In the Criminal Tax Manual, Chapter 10, found on the Department of Justice website, Tax Division policy states, ‘Cases involving individuals who fail to fil tax returns or pat a tax but who also commit acts of evasion or obstruction should be charged as felonies to avoid inequitable treatment.’ In early August of 2022, federal prosecutors from the Department of Justice Tax Division drafted a 99-page memorandum. This memorandum recommended approving felony and misdemeanor charges for the 2017m 2018, and 2019 tax years. If the Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss followed DOJ policy as he stated in his most recent letter, Hunter Biden should have been charged with a tax felony, and not only the tax misdemeanor charge. We need to treat each taxpayer equally under the law.”
“The assigned prosecutors did not follow the ordinary process, slow-walked the investigation and put in place unnecessary approvals and roadblocks from effectively and efficiently investigating the case.”
According to Fox News, Martin Estrada, the U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, will sit for a transcribed interview on Tuesday, while DOJ Tax Division attorney Stuart Goldberg will do so on Wednesday.
Special Counsel David Weiss, who has been leading the Hunter Biden investigation since 2018, is also expected to be interviewed by the committee.
At the time of Weiss’ appointment as special counsel, there were allegations that politics played a role in the prosecutorial decisions in the years-long investigation into the president’s son.
From Fox News:
In his first move as special counsel, Weiss charged Biden with making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm; making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer; and one count of possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance.
Hunter Biden pleaded not guilty to all charges earlier this month.