In a new twist in the investigation into Hunter Biden, it has been revealed that Special Counsel David Weiss cannot bring tax charges against the president’s son without first consulting with the Department of Justice Tax Division. This information highlights the significant role that the Tax Division has played in the government’s investigation of Hunter Biden.
Weiss's authority in Hunter Biden case has limits, DOJ tax official testifies
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Stuart Goldberg, a veteran of the DOJ and a top official in the Tax Division, confirmed this regulation during recent testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. He stated that Weiss, despite his special counsel authority, is bound by the internal revenue laws and must seek approval from the Tax Division for tax charges.
While Goldberg acknowledged that his office had informed Weiss that he had the discretion to bring charges against Hunter Biden, he did not disclose the specifics of their conversation. However, he did state that Weiss had reached out to the U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C. about bringing charges, indicating that the Tax Division had given its approval.
The revelation that Weiss’s authority in the case is subject to oversight from the Tax Division comes after two IRS investigators-turned-whistleblowers claimed that officials, including those in the Tax Division, obstructed their work and prevented charges against Hunter Biden. These allegations have fueled speculation about political bias and interference in the investigation.
As the investigation continues, it remains unclear why Weiss has not brought tax charges against Hunter Biden for the years in question. However, it is possible that he may still pursue charges in the future. Attorney General Merrick Garland has pledged to release a report detailing Weiss’s prosecution decisions once the investigation is complete.
In the meantime, the controversy surrounding Weiss’s authority raises questions about the transparency and impartiality of the investigation. Republicans have seized on this revelation as evidence that Weiss did not have the ultimate charging authority he claimed to have, questioning the integrity of the investigation into Hunter Biden.