“Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Friday the appointment of U.S. Attorney David Weiss as special counsel in the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) ongoing investigation of first son Hunter Biden…
Mr. Weiss, the U.S. attorney for the District of Delaware, was asked to lead the department’s investigation of Mr. Biden in February 2021. That investigation led to charges being filed against the first son in June, including two violations of failure to pay income tax and one violation of unlawful possession of a firearm.
In announcing those charges, however, Mr. Weiss also revealed that Mr. Biden had agreed to plead guilty to the two tax offenses and enter a pretrial diversion agreement to avoid conviction on the firearms offense. The bargain, which was likely to result in no prison time, was immediately slammed by Republicans as a “sweetheart deal.”
But that deal fell apart in court on July 26, when U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika expressed “concerns” that the diversion agreement linked tax crimes to resolving felony gun charges, describing this as “atypical” and “unprecedented.” As a result, the deal was put on hold and Mr. Biden pleaded not guilty.”