Merrick Garland refuses to answer questions by House Judiciary Committee about ongoing Hunter Biden investigation
In his testimony and subsequent questioning before the House Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Merrick Garland refused to answer questions regarding the Department of Justice’s ongoing investigation of presidential son Hunter Biden.
House Republicans called upon Garland to answer questions before the Judiciary Committee, believing him to be a linchpin as they seek to bolster their evidence for an impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden, under the belief that Garland may have knowledge that the president profited from his son’s business dealings. (Related: Hunter Biden INDICTED by Delaware federal court on GUN-RELATED CHARGES.)
On at least six different occasions, Garland cited protections for “internal deliberations” to prevent answering questions related to the ongoing investigation against Hunter or the two federal indictments of former President Donald Trump.
“I’m not going to get into the internal deliberations,” said Garland on one occasion.
“I do not intend to discuss the internal Justice Department deliberations, whether or not I had them,” said Garland after another occasion, referring to the possibility of whether or not he colluded with David Weiss, the special prosecutor handling the investigation of Hunter Biden.
Garland also refused to answer a question over Weiss’ decision to let the statute of limitations expire on potential charges related to Hunter’s work in 2014 and 2015 for Ukrainian energy firm Burisma, which may have led to then-Vice President Biden receiving millions of dollars from the company.
“I don’t know anything about the statute of limitations here. The investigation was in the hands of Mr. Weiss to make the determinations,” said Garland.
Garland protecting Weiss from Republican scrutiny
Along with possibly uncovering additional evidence for the House’s impeachment inquiry against Biden, at the heart of Garland’s testimony is a desire from the Judiciary Committee to further scrutinize the attorney general and his possible interference in the ongoing legal troubles involving Hunter.
Two whistleblowers from the Internal Revenue Service recently alleged that Weiss was making some unusual decisions during the Justice Department’s investigation on Hunter. Weiss initially supported levying felony tax charges against Hunter before dropping it. Weiss was also allegedly prevented by higher-ups at the Justice Department from filing certain charges against the presidential son.
Garland appointed Weiss on Aug. 11 to serve as the Justice Department’s special counsel for the Hunter Biden investigation, a decision that has irked Republicans because they believe Weiss is going too easy on the presidential son. Garland claims “extraordinary circumstances” influenced his decision to appoint Weiss to the role, but when questioned about what these circumstances were he has refused to be forthcoming.
“The fix is in,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan of Ohio. “He could have selected anyone. He could have picked anyone inside government, outside government. He could have picked former attorney generals, former special counsels, but he picks the one guy … he knows will protect Joe Biden. He picks David Weiss.”
Weiss himself has rejected the claims of the whistleblowers. Garland also said that he has kept a promise he made before the Senate during his confirmation in 2021 that he would not interfere with the work of Weiss to avoid any appearance that he was influencing an investigation.
“I have kept that promise,” claimed Garland. “The way to not interfere is to not investigate an investigation.”
Garland has also defended Weiss from Republican scrutiny, claiming that the Delaware prosecutor is a competent career attorney. He has also portrayed Weiss as the lone decider in cases he has handled.
“Mr. Weiss was a supervisor of the investigation, at the time and at all times. He made the necessary [and] appropriate decisions,” said Garland.
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