The Department of Justice (DoJ) is facing mounting scrutiny over a “sweetheart deal” made with first son Hunter Biden, and there are reports that officials are considering postponing his plea hearing in order to investigate Republican allegations.
The Heritage Foundation has filed a lawsuit to obtain communication records from the Delaware prosecutor under the Freedom of Information Act, as they seek evidence to corroborate whistleblowers’ claims that other prosecutors appointed by Biden impeded an investigation into tax-related crimes.
The DoJ recently admitted it could ask the federal judge presiding over Hunter’s criminal case to postpone the scheduled plea hearing on July 26.
While this would give more time for Heritage and others to analyze and disclose Weiss’ records, it remains unclear if the department will take this course of action or not.
Mike Howell, Director of Oversight at Heritage Foundation, believes it is in the public’s interest for these records to be released before any plea bargain is signed off on.
Howell said that they are actively seeking corroborating evidence to support the whistleblowers’ assertions that Weiss faced obstacles in prosecuting crimes across multiple districts including Central California and Washington D.C. Garland previously told Congress that Weiss had sufficient authority but during a congressional hearing IRS investigators testified otherwise.
“DoJ Counsel indicated that Plaintiffs were ‘absolutely right’ that the Department could file such a motion and that DoJ Counsel would take that point back to the ‘District’ (presumably speaking of the District of Delaware),” wrote Dewey.
His filing indicates that the DOJ could now be in the process of deliberating whether to seek a delay in Hunter’s hearing regarding the plea bargain.
“They have the capability to move the plea deal, though they didn’t indicate any likelihood they would,” Heritage Foundation Oversight Director Mike Howell told The Daily Mail.
“The public has an interest to assess for themselves: is this a sweetheart deal? It certainly appears to be,” Howell added. “This information needs to be out, and it’s in the public interest for it to be out prior to any plea being signed off on.”
At present, no one knows what kind of information will be revealed if such documents get released prior to Hunter’s hearing but it could potentially change the outcome if serious questions about Merrick Garland’s credibility arise.