Lawmaker calls for investigation of special counsel overseeing Hunter Biden case

August 20, 2023
Robert Ayers

A Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives is calling for special counsel David Weiss to be investigated for obstruction of justice. 

The U.S. representative - U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL) - made the call during a recent interview that he did with Mobile, AL radio FM Talk 106.5.

David Weiss is the U.S. attorney whom U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has controversially chosen to lead an investigation into the highly-suspect business dealings of Hunter Biden.

The controversy stems from the fact that Weiss is also the U.S. attorney from Delaware who gave the "sweetheart" plea deal to Hunter Biden - the one in which Biden agreed to plead guilty to lesser crimes in order to avoid jail time. The plea deal was so problematic that it failed to survive judicial review.

Garland broke the rules

During his interview with FM Talk 106.5, Palmer took issue with Garland's appointment of Weiss. Palmer, in fact, believes that Garland, with his appointment of Weiss, has broken the rules that govern the appointment of special counsels.

"But here’s the interesting thing, Jeff — first of all, the special counsel law is pretty plain, and the special counsel should come from outside the federal government."

Palmer notes, however, that Weiss - a U.S. Attorney - does not come from outside the federal government.

"Apparently, Merrick Garland didn’t read it because David Weiss is a U.S. Attorney," Palmer said.

Palmer is far from the only individual to make this argument. Renowned criminal defense attorney Allan Dershowitz has also made this argument. Although, Dershowitz believes that Garland is ready to defend himself by using a technicality.

Obstruction of justice?

Palmer, though, did not stop at accusing Garland of breaking the rules. He went on to argue that Congress ought to be investigating Weiss for obstruction of justice.

"Not only is [Weiss] a U.S. Attorney, but he’s the guy that I think we should be investigating for obstruction of justice," Palmer said.

Palmer went on to explain why.

He said:

If you recall, when we had the IRS investigators in, the whistleblowers, I asked Gary Shapley, who was the supervisor overseeing that investigation of Hunter Biden, were they denied access to the FBI’s form 1023, which was very clear about what was going on with the Ukrainian gas company Burisma. He said he was denied. He did not have access. I asked him if there were other materials or documents that would have been critical to their investigation that he was denied. He said, "Yes sir, the laptop," and there were other documents.

"That’s David Weiss, and Weiss denied access to these documents to the investigators to the point that the statute of limitations expired,” Palmer said, adding, “I actually think we should be investigating David Weiss for obstruction."

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