A Biden-appointed United States Attorney told House Republicans that he refused to prosecute presidential son Hunter Biden for tax crimes because his office had insufficient resources to do so.
In testimony provided behind closed doors to the House Judiciary Committee this week, Martin Estrada, the US Attorney for the Central District of California in Los Angeles, partially confirmed the claims of whistleblowers that he chose not to pursue a case against the former crackhead and sexual degenerate son of President Joe Biden, telling lawmakers that he was too “resource-strapped” to do his job.
“I was down 40 [assistant U.S. attorneys] AUSAs at the time, so we were very resource-strapped. We were trying to hire as much as possible and had very limited resources. And every attorney you assign to a case means you can’t do another case,” Estrada told GOP lawmakers and staff on October 24, according to a transcript obtained by the Daily Mail.
He was describing a call with David Weiss, the US Attorney in Delaware – who has since been elevated to special counsel by Attorney General Merrick Garland – who asked to partner with him on the case, an offer that Estrada declined.
“And it seemed and he didn’t push back on when I told him the situation, that we wouldn’t be co-counseling, but he did express appreciation when I offered administrative support,” he told the panel, according to the transcript.
“He went on to say that although he declined to prosecute the case, he felt it would be ‘immaterial’ to whether Weiss ended up bringing charges – which he originally did not,” the outlet reported. “Estrada also maintained he ‘never’ took any steps to block Weiss from pursuing charges against Hunter in California.”
Weiss indicted Hunter Biden on three federal firearms charges for lying about his prolific drug use on a form when he was purchasing a gun in 2018, charges that don’t include allegations of the far more serious crimes that the younger Biden was alleged to engaged in with his foreign business dealings.
Reports on Estrada’s testimony come after the bombshell revelation by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) that over 40 confidential informants had provided “criminal information” on Joe, Jim, and Hunter Biden to the FBI but that investigations into the powerful clan were being “shut” down by the feds.
.@ChuckGrassley letter to Director Wray, AG Garland “I’ve been made aware that at one point in time the FBI maintained over 40 Confidential Human Sources that provided criminal information relating to Joe Biden, James Biden, and Hunter Biden.” https://t.co/d2TBGrxIrL pic.twitter.com/XftbEAlsz8
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) October 26, 2023
“This letter is based on years of investigation, including the provision of information, records, and allegations from multiple Justice Department whistleblowers that indicate there is – and has been – an effort among certain Justice Department and FBI officials to improperly delay and stop full and complete investigative activity into the Biden family,” Grassley wrote in an October 24 letter to Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray.
“This alleged political infection breaks faith with the American people, and it will ruin our governmental institutions should it continue. As just one initial example, I’ve been made aware that at one point in time the FBI maintained over 40 Confidential Human Sources that provided criminal information relating to Joe Biden, James Biden, and Hunter Biden,” the letter reads.
“An essential question that must be answered is this: did the FBI investigate the information or shut it down?” Grassley asked. “Indeed, if those sources were improperly shut down, it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for the FBI.”
“As United States Attorney, Mr. Estrada oversees the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought on behalf of the United States in the Central District of California, which is the largest U.S. Attorney’s Office outside of D.C., serving seven counties and nearly 20 million people. He supervises all federal government litigation for the Criminal, National Security, Civil, and Tax Divisions, including cases involving public corruption, civil rights violations, corporate fraud, cybercrime, domestic and international terrorism, violent and organized crime, environmental violations, and narcotics trafficking, and a wide range of affirmative and defensive litigation, including asset forfeiture, financial litigation, and programs fraud,” Estrada’s Justice Department profile reads.
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