It’s been revealed this morning that Delaware’s Trump-nominated US Attorney kept his investigation into Hunter Biden a secret during the 2020 election and even refused to take any action (search warrants, grand juries) that would have made it know to the public:
US Attorney in Delaware kept Hunter Biden investigation secret during 2020 campaign. Time had come to issue subpoenas, seek search warrants. Didn't do it. From @politico: 'Hunter Biden’s prosecutor rejected moves that would have revealed probe earlier.' https://t.co/VnFgmFipi9 pic.twitter.com/ylqkyMQrto
— Byron York (@ByronYork) July 16, 2021
Here’s more from Politico:
Last summer, federal officials in Delaware investigating Hunter Biden faced a dilemma. The probe had reached a point where prosecutors could have sought search warrants and issued a flurry of grand jury subpoenas. Some officials involved in the case wanted to do just that. Others urged caution. They advised Delaware’s U.S. Attorney, David Weiss, to avoid taking any actions that could alert the public to the existence of the case in the middle of a presidential election.
“To his credit, he listened,” said a person involved in the discussions, reported here for the first time. Weiss decided to wait, averting the possibility that the investigation would become a months-long campaign issue.
By late 2018, Weiss’s office was investigating Hunter Biden’s activities in response to a number of leads, including some related to his dealings with Chinese business associates.
While investigators pursued suspicions of possible money laundering and violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the criminal investigation eventually came to focus on whether he had paid taxes on all of his income, according to a person familiar with it. Hunter Biden has maintained that he acted appropriately.
By last summer, the probe had reached a point at which investigators could have issued grand jury subpoenas and sought search warrants that might have revealed its existence at a time when many of then-President Donald Trump’s supporters were seeking to draw attention to Hunter Biden’s actions.
Weiss, however, decided to delay taking any actions that were likely to make the existence of the Hunter Biden probe public. Concerns about affecting the presidential election loomed large when Weiss entertained arguments about advancing the probe, according to the person involved in the discussions. No matter what he did, the decision was sure to come under scrutiny for signs of politicization.
“It was a close call,” said the person, who believes Weiss was right to hold off. “That case has way more credibility now,” the person said.
I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, it would have been politicized by both sides. The left would have claimed a Trump-appointed US Attorney was trying to put the kibosh on the elder Biden’s chances of becoming president, and used it against Trump. The Trump campaign and many on the right would have pointed to the investigation as evidence of the Biden Crime family’s crimes, which I agree with, but would have been used against Biden. So I can understand the concern in making this public.
But on the other hand, it seems to me the risk of waiting to issue search warrants is that evidence might be destroyed, which could ruin a case. I think that’s even more problematic than the politicization of a high profile case and believe, like some on the team, that they should have pursued it despite the potential politicization. People will say what they’re going to say, but if an investigator is truly acting with integrity, that’s really all that matters.
The other problem with waiting is the so-called credibility of the case. One person claimed it now has more credibility, but I’m not sure that’s true. In fact I believe there will be some, perhaps many, who simply say that this US Attorney was part of the swamp and didn’t want Trump to win the election, which is why they hid it.