Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Tuesday lambasted the US Department of Justice (DOJ) after the U.S. attorney handling Hunter Biden probe contradicted claims from an IRS whistleblower in a letter to Graham.
Last month, Hunter Biden and the DOJ reached a deal in which the president’s son would plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and agree to terms allowing him to avoid prosecution on a gun charge. A judge must approve the plea deal. But the fact that Hunter Biden could avoid prison time has Republicans fuming.
Graham, who has faced scrutiny himself over his role in Trump’s scheme to overturn the 2020 election, appeared on Fox News where he ripped the DOJ and demanded a congressional hearing on the probe.
“When it comes to the Department of Justice, I don’t trust them,” Graham told Fo News host Sean Hannity. “They got to come forward under oath and testify. So here’s what the whistleblower has said, the group of whistleblowers, that Hunter Biden got the benefit of the doubt unlike anybody they’ve ever seen, and they’ve been there for decades, that every time there was a question, it wound up being in Hunter Biden’s favor. They claim that Mr. Weiss, the U.S. attorney from Delaware, sought special counsel status and was denied that status and that he wanted to bring charges in D.C., and California, but he was told no.”
Weiss, who was nominated by former President Donald Trump, sent the correspondence in response to a June 28 letter from Graham, in which he asked for information about the whistleblower’s claims.
“To clarify an apparent misperception and to avoid future confusion, I wish to make one point clear: in this case, I have not requested Special Counsel designation,” Weiss wrote in his letter Monday.
The letter from Weiss is the third time he has publicly contradicted IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley, who claimed that prosecutors put an investigation into Biden’s finances “on the back burner” as the 2020 election approached.
Watch the interview below from Fox News.