Pressed by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to appoint a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden’s financial and business dealings, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland testified that Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss will have “full authority” to bring charges, even in other districts.
“I promised to leave the matter of Hunter Biden in the hands of the U.S. attorney for the District of Delaware, who was appointed in the previous administration,” Garland testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on Wednesday.
“I have pledged not to interfere with that investigation. And I have carried through on my pledge,” Garland told Grassley regarding the need to appoint a special counsel regarding whistleblower accounts from more than a dozen sources regarding “potentially criminal information” relating to President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter.
Grassley expressed concerns that the Delaware U.S. district attorney, unlike a special counsel, would be hindered by a need to obtain approval to pursue investigations and level charges against Hunter Biden, especially if they are outside the district of Delaware.
“If he needs to bring a case in another jurisdiction, he will have full authority to do that,” Garland assured Grassley:
“The U.S. attorney in Delaware has been advised that he has full authority to make those kind of referrals that you are talking about or to bring cases in other jurisdictions, if he feels that it’s necessary. And, I will assure that, if he does, he will be able to do that.”
“He has been advised that he is not to be denied anything that he needs,” Garland testified.
Republicans have been pushing for a special counsel free from the threat of political interference to investigate Hunter Biden’s financial dealings and, in particular, his dealings with foreign entities, which could constitute lobbying or influence-peddling.
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