Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on August 11 the appointment of Delaware State Prosecutor David Weiss as special prosecutor.
Mr Weiss said negotiations over a modified plea agreement with Hunter Biden were at “an impasse”, a sign the case could go to trial.
Mr. Garland said that Mr. Weiss, who has been investigating the allegations against Hunter Biden since 2019, asked on August 8 to appoint a special counsel to the case because, in his opinion, the investigation has reached a stage where he needs to He should continue his work as Special Counsel.
Hunter Biden’s investigation comes at a time when his father, President Joe Biden, is running for re-election. Photo: Reuters
Mr. Garland said that after reviewing Mr. Weiss’ request as well as the special circumstances relating to this case, the Attorney General concluded that the appointment of Mr. Weiss as Special Prosecutor was in the public interest. add.
Mr Weiss previously filed a misdemeanor tax charge against Hunter Biden – failing to pay more than $100,000 in taxes on income of more than $1.5 million in both 2017 and 2018 – and accused him of using a gun in June The charges were filed, but the federal judge refused. Accept the proposed plea agreement.
When the hearing took place in July, Hunter Biden pleaded not guilty to both the charges of taxes and illegal possession of a gun while using drugs.
Mr. Weiss said in court filings on Aug. 11 that talks between the two sides had failed and the administration now thinks the matter should be settled in court.
Mr. Garland also reiterated his statement that Mr. Weiss has been given full authority to make prosecution decisions in the Hunter Biden case. The special prosecutor is not subject to the “day-to-day supervision” of any Department of Justice (DOJ) official.
station wise rtThe investigation comes at a time when Mr. Biden is running for re-election and his administration has criminally prosecuted his top political rival, former President Donald Trump, in two other cases.
According to news agency reutersA possible trial that raises the prospect of the unprecedented sight of a sitting president’s son facing criminal charges while his father campaigned for re-election.