David Weiss, the little-known US attorney for Delaware, will soon step into the spotlight as the Justice Department’s prosecutor with the power to file potential criminal charges against President Joe Biden’s troubled son Hunter.
Multiple outlets reported Thursday that the FBI believes it has collected enough evidence to charge Hunter Biden with crimes related to tax fraud and lying about his drug use when he purchased a firearm, and the decision of whether to charge the president’s son with those or other crimes rests with Weiss.
Weiss, 66, was nominated by then-President Donald Trump in November 2017 and confirmed by the Senate in February 2018.
In February 2021, Joe Biden asked all Senate-confirmed US attorneys appointed by Trump for their resignations, with Weiss being the exception. John Durham was asked to step down as the US attorney for Connecticut but was kept on as special counsel for his criminal review of the Trump-Russia investigation.
Hunter Biden revealed he was under federal investigation in Delaware for his taxes shortly after the 2020 election, saying: “I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisors.”
The younger Biden is also reportedly being scrutinized for possible money laundering, as well as possible foreign lobbying violations under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
Trump announced his intent to appoint Weiss on Nov. 17, 2017, with the White House dear the prosecutor shared Trump’s “vision” for “Making America Safe Again.”
Weiss had already taken over as acting US attorney in March 2017 after then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked Weiss’s predecessor, Charles Oberly, and 45 other US attorneys appointed by President Barack Obama to submit their resignations.
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