The Department of Justice has accepted an invitation from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan for Weiss to testify at a ‘public hearing’ in the coming months.
‘The Department is ready to offer U.S. Attorney Weiss to testify shortly after Congress returns from the August district work period,’ says a letter obtained by DailyMail.com from Assistant Attorney General Carlos Felipe Uriarte to Jordan, R-Ohio.
Uriarte writes that DOJ is concerned about ‘misrepresentations’ about its work on the Hunter Biden investigation following new testimony from IRS whistleblowers who allege the department engaged in preferential treatment for the president’s son.
Last week, two IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler testified under oath that Hunter Biden received ‘special’ treatment in the investigation into his financial dealings led by Weiss. They said that Hunter’s tax charges should have been a felony, but that political pressures led to the first son’s ‘sweetheart deal’ instead.
U.S. Attorney Weiss will be available to testify on September 27, September 28, October 18 and October 19
Hunter Biden is expected in court Wednesday for the plea deal to be made official
‘We are deeply concerned by any misrepresentations about our work—whether deliberate or arising from misunderstandings—that could unduly harm public confidence in the evenhanded administration of justice, to which we are dedicated,’ DOJ says in the letter.
‘The Department, therefore, reaffirms U.S. Attorney Weiss’s commitment to providing public testimony, consistent with law and Department policy, to protect these principles.’
According to the letter, Weiss will be available to testify on September 27, September 28, October 18 and October 19.
Republicans including Jordan have pointed out discrepancies between Attorney General Merrick Garland and U.S. Attorney Weiss’ public statements on the Hunter Biden case and who had ‘full authority’ to charge the president’s son.
Ziegler and Shapley testified last week that Weiss asked U.S. Attorney for D.C. Matthew Graves to bring ‘felony and misdemeanor tax’ charges agains the president’s son.
But after Graves refused, Weiss threw out the potential felony charges and struck a plea deal with the president’s son that did not include any jail time. Hunter is expected in court Wednesday for the plea deal to be made official.
‘I watched U.S. Attorney [David] Weiss tell a room full of senior FBI and IRS senior leaders on October 7, 2022, that he was not the deciding person on whether charges were filed,’ Shapley said, contradicting Weiss’ previous public statements.
‘If the Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss followed DOJ policy as he stated in his most recent letter, Hunter Biden should have been charged with a tax felony, and not only the tax misdemeanor charge,’ said Ziegler.
‘We need to treat each taxpayer the same under the law.’
Their testimony comes after Weiss recently sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee attempting to clarify his role in the probe and insisted that he actually holds the ‘ultimate authority’ in the criminal gun and tax case against the president’s son.
He explained that as the U.S. attorney for Delaware, his charging authority is normally ‘geographically limited’ to that district – but said that Attorney General Merrick Garland had promised to grant him special attorney status to bring charges anywhere.
Chairman Jordan threatened last week to use subpoenas to compel testimony by Weiss and other associates linked to the Hunter Biden investigation
However, Garland said last month that Weiss was free ‘to make a decision to prosecute any way in which he wanted to and in any district in which he wanted to.’
DOJ attempted to clear up the discrepancies in the letter to Jordan.
‘While testimony at this early juncture must be appropriately limited to protect the ongoing matter and important confidentiality interests, the Department acknowledges your stated interest in addressing aspects of this matter in the near term, such as U.S. Attorney Weiss’s authority and jurisdiction to bring charges wherever he deems appropriate.’
Chairman Jordan threatened last week to use subpoenas to compel testimony by Weiss and other associates linked to the Hunter Biden investigation.
DOJ said that the subpoena threat is ‘unjustified and premature’ at this juncture.
‘We are, therefore, deeply concerned by your notification today that the Committee has authorized deposition subpoenas for the individuals identified in your letter. Any attempts at compulsory process are unjustified and premature.’