While testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Attorney General Merrick Garland effectively admitted that David Weiss didn’t have full authority in the Hunter Biden investigation, contradicting prior comments.
Jim Jordan caught him in the contradiction, beginning his question by quoting Garland himself; “I quote, ‘Mr. Weiss has authority to bring cases and other jurisdictions if he feels it’s necessary.’ That was your response, attorney general, to Sen. Grassley’s question on March 1, 2023. You just mentioned it when Rep. Bishop was questioning you.”
“The only problem is he had already been turned down by the US Attorney in the District Columbia, Matthew Graves. So he didn’t have full authority, did he?” Jordan asked.
“I had an extended conversation with Sen. Grassley at the time. We briefly touched on the Section 515 question and how that process went,” Garland began to reply, before Jordan cut in; “The point is real simple. You said he had complete authority, but he’d already been turned down. He wanted to bring an action in the District of Columbia and the U.S. attorney there said, ‘No, you can’t.’ And then you go tell the United States Senate, under oath, that he has complete authority.”
Garland tried to weasel himself out of the situation by admitting that Biden-appointed attorneys could “refuse to partner” on the Hunter tax probe, to which Jordan fired back: “Refuse to partner IS turning down.”
Matt Palumbo is the author of Fact-Checking the Fact-Checkers: How the Left Hijacked and Weaponized the Fact-Checking Industry and The Man Behind the Curtain: Inside the Secret Network of George Soros
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