Over 30 Senate Republicans are demanding Attorney General Merrick Garland give the prosecutor investigating Hunter Biden special counsel authority to avoid political interference as the probe into Hunter heats up.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., led the charge to keep political interference out of the probe being conducted by Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss.
They wrote: “We the undersigned write to request that United States Attorney David C. Weiss be extended special counsel protections and authorities to conduct the Hunter Eiden investigation.
“During your confirmation hearing, you promised to keep politics out of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”).
“This promise has not been kept.
“On October 4, 2021, you unleashed DOJ’s National Security Division and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), among other criminal components, on millions of concerned parents across the country, who were exercising their First Amendment rights to be involved in decisions about their children’s education, including mask mandates, school closures, and the inclusion of critical race theory in school curricula.
“We have received hundreds of pieces of correspondence detailing how your memorandum chilled constitutionally protected speech.
“To date, you have failed to rescind this memorandum despite the fact that it was primarily based on a false predicate: the now disavowed National School Board Association Letter.
“You have also taken numerous other steps that have shown the unfortunate politicization of the DOJ under your charge, including targeting conservative states and legislatures for common-sense ballot integrity measures.
“As detailed by Senator Grassley, ‘highly credible’ whistleblowers have come forward to detail a ‘widespread effort within the FBI to downplay or discredit negative information about’ Hunter Biden.
“Instead of encouraging FBI and DOJ whistleblowers to report crimes and promote government transparency, you took the inexplicable step of chilling lawful whistleblower activity.
“Indeed, on August 30, 2022, you issued a memorandum prohibiting DOJ and FBI employees from communicating with ‘Senators, Representatives, congressional committees, or congressional staff without advance coordination, consultation and approval by OLA,’” they wrote.
Hunter Biden probe: Senate Republicans demand special counsel authority for prosecutor as inquiry heats up https://t.co/57IctOSzvz— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 19, 2022
progressive pro-criminal prosecutors & radical bail reforms & the Dem defunding police agenda are FUELING the spike in crime across the country. Time 2 pass my bill Combating Violent & Dangerous Crime Act— Chuck Grassley (@ChuckGrassley) September 14, 2022
Dems + Pres Biden must take rising crime seriously!! pic.twitter.com/lrA3rNBdpo