AG Garland Basically Calls IRS Whistleblower a Liar, Says Criticism Is 'An Attack on an Institution That's Essential to American Democracy'

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On Thursday the House Ways and Means Committee, over the objection of every single Democrat member, made public transcripts of whistleblower testimony regarding the investigation into Hunter Biden ostensibly led by US Attorney David Weiss. Among other things, that testimony revealed that Weiss was prevented by US Attorneys in DC and California – and from “Main Justice” from filing felony charges against Hunter on at least two occasions in 2022, despite assurances from Attorney General Merrick Garland that Weiss had full authority to charge and would not face interference.

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Neither Garland nor Hunter Biden seemed to be too concerned about the bombshell revelations, judging by their appearance at a state dinner Thursday night.

Garland held a press conference Friday, about fentanyl, but he was asked to respond to the whistleblower’s allegations. The question from the mockingbird journo in this clip is… well, it’s something. At the end of the wind-up, he asks Garland:

“Can you once-and-for-all shed a little light? There seems to be a little confusion about what’s going on here.”

Just a little confusion?

Here’s what Garland said:

As I said at the outset, Mr. Weiss, who was appointed by President Trump as the U.S. Attorney in Delaware and assigned this matter during the previous administration, would be permitted to continue his investigation and to make a decision to prosecute any way in which he wanted to and in any district in which he wanted to. Mr. Weiss has since sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee confirming that he had that authority. I don’t know how it would be possible for anybody to block him from bringing a prosecution, given that he has this authority.

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The journo followed up, asking, “So he was never told no?”

“I’m saying he was given complete authority to make all decisions on his own.”

That’s not quite agreeing that Weiss was never told no. Perhaps he made the decision that felony charges were appropriate, and was then blocked. Perhaps he decided that writing that letter to the House Judiciary Committee was better for his life and livelihood than agreeing with the whistleblower.

It’s important to note that the whistleblower was under oath while giving this testimony to the committee, and Garland is not under oath in a press conference – not that an oath ever stopped any of the corruptocrats in D.C., though. He testified both of intimidation by Hunter Biden’s counsel and “Main DOJ” putting up roadblocks.

In our July 29th, 2022, prosecution team call, AUSA Wolf told us that United States Attorney Weiss indicated that the end of September would be his goal to charge the 2014 and 2015 years, because they did not want to get any closer to a midterm election. She also said: “The X factor on timing will include any delay defense counsel has requested.”

Two weeks later, I learned how defense counsel felt about the case when prosecutors told us on a pros team call that Chris Clark, Hunter Biden’s counsel from Latham and Watkins, told them that if they charge Hunter Biden, they would be committing “career suicide,” end quote.

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The case was presented to the Central District of California US Attorney’s office in mid-September, shortly after Biden appointee Martin Estrada was confirmed, then Wolf reported back to Shapley that no charges would be filed until after the election even though DOJ’s Public Integrity Unit had already confirmed that the investigation did not need to “cease and desist” for the midterms.

That leads to an October 7, 2022 “pros meeting,” which was only attended by senior-level managers from IRS-CI, FBI, and the Delaware US Attorney’s office. Shapley testified (emphasis mine):

United States Attorney Weiss was present for the meeting. He surprised us by telling us on the charges, quote: “I’m not the deciding official on whether charges are filed,” unquote.

He then shocked us with the earth-shattering news that the Biden-appointed D.C. U.S. Attorney Matthew Graves would not allow him to charge in his district.

To add to the surprise, U.S. Attorney Weiss stated that he subsequently asked for special counsel authority from Main DOJ at that time and was denied that authority. Instead, he was told to follow the process, which was known to send U.S. Attorney Weiss through another President Biden-appointed U.S. Attorney.

This was troubling, because he stated that, if California does not support charging, he has no authority to charge in California. Because it had been denied, he informed us the government would not be bringing charges against Hunter Biden for the 2014-2015 tax years, for which the statute of limitations were set to expire in one month. All of our years of effort getting to the bottom of the massive amounts of foreign money Hunter Biden received from Burisma and others during that period would be for nothing.

Weiss also told us that if the new United States Attorney for the Central District of California declined to support charging for the 2016 through 2019 years, he would have to request special counsel authority again from the Deputy Attorney General and/or the Attorney General.

I couldn’t understand why the IRS wasn’t told in the summer of 2022 that D.C. had already declined charges. Everyone in that meeting seemed shellshocked, and I felt misled by the Delaware United States Attorney’s Office.

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The transcript has many more instances of interference from Main DOJ, but this is a big one. So who’s telling the truth? The whistleblower, or Merrick Garland? (Yes, that’s a rhetorical question.)

Congress must take action to get to the bottom of this. Obtain phone, text, and email records from Garland, Wolf, Graves, and anyone else named in the whistleblower documents. Haul all of them to testify publicly, under oath, before Congress, and appoint a Special Counsel to look into, at a minimum, obstruction of justice charges against a few of them.

Hunter Biden’s plea agreement has not yet been approved by the judge, as far as I know. Given what we know now, there is no way it should be approved.

But back to AG Garland’s press conference. Another reporter asked about reports that Republicans in Congress might try to seek some accountability, but again framed the question in a mind-blowing way.

Republicans in Congress have flirted with the idea of holding the FBI director in contempt….What do you have to say about how they’re acting?

Oh, they’re upset about a two-tiered system of justice. They must be acting completely horribly!

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Garland’s response was similarly mind-blowing:

I certainly understand that some have chosen to attack the integrity of the Justice Department by claiming that we do not treat cases alike. This constitutes an attack on an institution that is essential to American democracy and essential to the safety of the American people. Nothing could be further from the truth.

You’ve all heard me say many times that we make our cases based on the facts and the law. These are not just words. These are what we live by. They are the foundation of the way we make these decisions. The agents of the FBI, as well as the DEA, the ATF, our Deputy US Marshals, every day, often at great personal risk, protect the American people and secure its safety. I — our cases are based on their work. I could not be more proud to work with them.

You do see where this is going, right? If you even question whether a member of the privileged elite is getting a better deal than anyone else, you are an insurrectionist. And what happens to those the DOJ labels insurrectionists? The rest of his statement is just pure, unadulterated bull manure.

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