Posted 22 days ago
Special Counsel David Weiss told the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday that he was not "blocked" or "prevented from pursuing charges" against Hunter Biden in his years-long probe, while maintaining that "political considerations played no part" in his decision-making.
Weiss appeared for a voluntary and "unprecedented" transcribed interview before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday morning in an effort to address "misunderstandings about the scope" of his "authority to decide where, when, and whether to bring charges."
In a statement after his hours-long testimony, Weiss said to the best of his knowledge, he is "the first Special Counsel to testify before the submission of the Special Counsel report."
"I have done so out of respect for the committee’s oversight responsibilities and to respond to questions raised about the scope of my authority," Weiss said.
Weiss stressed that he is "in the midst of conducting an ongoing investigation and prosecution," and said he was "limited as to what I can say at this point." Weiss did, though, say that at the conclusion of his work, he will prepare a report and "will be able to share more information at that time."
Weiss said that during his transcribed interview, he was "prepared to address misunderstandings about the scope of my authority to decide where, when, and whether to bring charges in this matter."
Weiss vowed, however, not to answer questions "that could jeopardize the ongoing litigation, our investigations, or the rights of defendants or other individuals involved in these matters."
"I am, and have been, the decision-maker on this case," Weiss said. "I do not, however, make these decisions in a vacuum. I am bound by federal law, the principles of federal prosecution and DOJ guidelines."
Weiss stressed that, as a result, "there are processes that I must adhere to in making investigative and charging decisions."
"These processes did not interfere with my decision-making authority," Weiss said. "At no time was I blocked, or otherwise prevented from pursuing charges or taking the steps necessary in the investigation by other United States Attorneys, the Tax Division or anyone else at the Department of Justice."
Weiss also stressed that he "did not request Special Counsel status until August 2023."
"When I made that request, it was promptly granted," Weiss said.
Whistleblowers had alleged Weiss previously requested special counsel status and was denied. Attorney General Merrick Garland tapped Weiss in August to serve as special counsel with jurisdiction over the Biden investigation and any other issues that have come up, or may come up, related to that probe.
Weiss has been leading the Biden investigation since 2018.
"Throughout this investigation, the career prosecutors on my team and I have made decisions based on the facts and the law," Weiss said. "Political considerations played no part in our decision-making."
Weiss said his team’s "analysis has been moored to the principles of federal prosecution, and going forward, my team and I will continue to abide by the same principles as we try to bring this matter to a just conclusion."
Weiss' interview comes after a number of current and former Justice Department officials related to the Hunter Biden probe have testified voluntarily on the matter behind closed-doors at the committee, led by Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.... (Read more)