House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan laid into Attorney General Merrick Garland in a Wednesday hearing, demanding to know why the Justice Department had allowed potential charges against Hunter Biden to lapse.
The Ohio Republican highlighted Biden's business dealings with Burisma, a company in Ukraine, and noted that the DOJ had allowed the statute of limitations to lapse on any potential tax crimes Biden may have committed during that time. Garland refused to answer Jordan's questions directly, instead deflecting to future statements by Special Counsel David Weiss.
Jordan recited the facts leading up to the case, that Biden had taken a lucrative position at Burisma he was not qualified for, and that Burisma executives had told him they were "under pressure." He then asserted that President Biden, then Vice President, moved to get a prosecutor looking into the company fired.
"That all happened. What I'm wondering is why you guys let the statute of limitations lapse for those tax years that dealt with Burisma income?" Jordan asked.
"There's one more fact that's important, and that is that this investigation was being conducted by Mr. Weiss, an appointee of President Trump. You will, at the appropriate time, have the opportunity to ask Mr. Weiss that question and he will no doubt address it in the public report that will be transmitted to the Congress," Garland responded.
"Did they forget? Did the lawyers just, like, oh darn we let it – were they careless?" Jordan pressed.
"I expect that won't be what he says, but because I promised – " Garland said before being cut off.
"You know that's not the case, because as Mr. Bishop pointed out they had a tolling agreement. They talked to Hunter Biden's defense counsel and said let's extend the statute of limitations. And then at some point they made an intentional decision to say we're gonna let the statute of limitations lapse, and I want to know who decided that and why they did it," Jordan said.... (Read more)
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