House Judiciary Chairman, Jim Jordan, and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman, Jason Smith, have recently issued subpoenas to four officials from the FBI and IRS. These subpoenas are seeking information pertaining to a meeting involving now-special counsel, David Weiss.
Specifically, Jordan has issued subpoenas for FBI special agents Thomas Sobocinski and Ryeshia Holley, as reported by the Washington Examiner. On the other hand, Smith has subpoenaed IRS Director of Field Operations, Michael Batdorf, and IRS Special Agent in Charge, Darrell Waldon.
The meeting in question took place on October 7, 2022. It is alleged that Weiss stated during this meeting that he did not hold the final authority to press charges against first son, Hunter Biden. It's worth noting that prior to his appointment as special counsel, Weiss conducted a thorough investigation into Hunter Biden. Two whistleblowers who were involved in the case claim that there had been political interference from Biden administration appointees.
According to IRS Supervisory Special Agent Gary Shapley and Special Agent Joseph Ziegler, Weiss, while serving as the U.S. Attorney for Delaware, had been restricted from bringing charges against Biden outside of his jurisdiction. They specifically argued that the D.C. U.S. Attorney had declined to collaborate with them in pursuing tax charges, which now exceed the statute of limitations.
Furthermore, Shapley and Ziegler assert that Attorney General Merrick Garland had rejected Weiss' request to be appointed as special counsel to pursue these charges. It's important to note that Garland eventually appointed Weiss amidst widespread public scrutiny over a plea agreement involving Hunter Biden, which conservatives criticized as overly lenient.
The subpoenas issued to these officials come after requests for voluntary cooperation were not met by the Department of Justice. Smith and Jordan's investigations are part of a larger effort by Republicans to examine the alleged "weaponization" of government agencies by the Biden administration, as well as the alleged illicit business dealings of the first family.
By providing this information, the aim is to provide a more detailed and comprehensive understanding of the ongoing investigations initiated by Smith and Jordan.