Attorney General Merrick Garland and Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco are both taking the same approach concerning the investigation into Hunter Biden, their hands are off.
They are leaving charging decisions up to David Weiss, the U.S. Attorney for Delaware, who has been given the task of leading the probe, according to Fox News. Weiss is a prosecutor that was appointed to his position by former President Donald Trump.
Garland and Monaco are now briefed periodically about the status of the case of the president’s son. Hunter Biden has been the focus of a federal investigation since 2018.
It was reported by Fox News first in July that the investigation had reached a “critical stage.” Federal prosecutors were then weighing whether or not to charge Hunter Biden with various tax and foreign lobbying violations, as well as making false statements.
Fox News also reported that a source close to the investigation said there is growing frustration with how long those investigations are taking before deciding to bring charges against Biden.
One senior Justice Department official told Fox News that the government does not need to have an active grand jury to file charges as a portion of a plea agreement. That same official told Fox that the renewed focus on the investigation by the media suggests a disposition or resolution might be coming soon. Some may want that decision before there is a possible takeover of the House of Representatives after the midterm elections.
The Washington Post reported last week that a possible false statement charge could be brought focused on whether Hunter Biden lied during a gun purchase in 2018. Fox News reported the story last year about how police responded in 2018 to an incident in which a gun owned by Hunter Biden was through into a crash can outside a market in Delaware.
The source with knowledge of this gun incident told Fox News that Hallie Biden, the widow of President Biden’s late son, Beau, threw the gun owned by Hunter in a dumpster behind a market near a school. At that time, Hallie was in a relationship with Hunter.
A firearm transaction report seen by Fox News indicated that Hunter answered in the negative to a question asking if he was “an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?”
Hunter Biden was discharged from the Navy in 2014 after testing positive for cocaine.
Hunter Biden’s lawyer, Chris Clark, told Fox News that it is a “federal felony for a federal agent to leak information about a grand jury investigation such as this one. Any agent you cite as a source in your article apparently has committed such a felony,” Clark said. “We expect the Department of Justice will diligently investigate and prosecute such bad actors.”
Clark went further in defense of his client saying that the prosecutors, in this case, should not be pressured, rushed, or criticized for doing their job.
He also said that it was regrettable that law enforcement agents seem to be violating the law to prejudice a case against a person who is a target just because of his family name.
Fox News was the first to report in 2020 that Hunter Biden was under a grand jury investigation, they based the report on a well-positioned government source. They said that the investigation was predicated, in part, by suspicious acting and reports of suspicious foreign transactions.
President Biden has continually denied discussing business ventures with his son, Hunter Biden.
Hopefully soon, Weiss will wrap this probe up and we will see some answers to the continual questions surrounding the president’s son.