The Biden transition team and Secret Service were tipped off in December 2020 to a planned interview with Hunter Biden, according to an FBI supervisory special agent who testified behind closed doors before the House Oversight Committee last month. As a result of the heads-up, the interview never took place, despite being the target of a lengthy federal investigation that began in November 2018.
“The former FBI SSA, who worked for the FBI for 20 years and retired in June 2022, corroborated IRS Supervisory Special Agent Gary Shapley’s testimony that FBI headquarters tipped off Secret Service headquarters and the Biden transition team about the planned Hunter Biden interview during U.S. Attorney for Delaware David Weiss’ investigation,” the GOP-led committee said in a press release on Monday. “The former FBI SSA and Shapley were then told not to approach Hunter Biden and instead wait for his call. Instead of receiving a call from Hunter Biden, they received a call from his attorney and were never able to interview Hunter Biden during the investigation.”
As BizPac Review reported, Attorney General Merrick Garland sparked calls of a “cover-up” last week after he appointed Weiss as the special counsel overseeing the probe into Hunter Biden’s corruption.
— BPR based (@DumpstrFireNews) August 11, 2023
“Tipping off the transition team and not being able to interview Hunter Biden as planned are just a couple of examples that reveal the Justice Department’s misconduct in the Biden criminal investigation that occurred under U.S. Attorney Weiss’ watch,” said committee Chair James Comer (R-Ky.) in a statement.
“The Oversight Committee has no confidence in U.S. Attorney Weiss as Special Counsel given his inability to prevent the Biden transition team from being contacted and federal agents were not permitted to interview Hunter Biden as planned,” Comer continued. “Under the Weiss-led investigation, investigators were prevented from taking steps that could have led to Joe Biden, the statute of limitations was allowed to run with respect to certain felonies, and the U.S. Attorney’s office sought to give Hunter Biden an unprecedented sweetheart plea deal.”
“The House Oversight, Judiciary, and Ways and Means Committees will continue our investigation into the Justice Department’s two-tiered system of justice and hold bad actors accountable,” he added.
To punctuate his point, the Oversight Committee released the former FBI supervisory special agent’s transcript.
Today we’re releasing the former FBI supervisory special agent’s transcript. During the transcribed interview, the former FBI SSA corroborated key details in the IRS whistleblowers’ testimony.
During U.S. Attorney Weiss’ investigation, the Biden… pic.twitter.com/AfVZq5wek1
— Oversight Committee (@GOPoversight) August 14, 2023
“So the initial plan was to make approaches of multiple witnesses, to include subject Hunter Biden, on December 8th. At the time, we had learned in the days preceding, probably even before December 3rd, that he had received Secret Service protection, as this is ‐‐ I guess the President was President‐elect at the time,” the agent testified.
“The initial plan was to have the local field office of the Secret Service be notified the morning of to diminish opportunities for anybody else to be notified,” he explained. “I was working with my management on that, as well as headquarters—our FBI headquarters.”
“I was informed that FBI headquarters had contacted Secret Service headquarters and had made a notification at that time, or somewhere around that time on the evening of the 7th,” he stated.
The notification, he said, was “Of our intent, that we sought to interview Hunter Biden.”
On the morning of Dec. 8, the agent said he “was notified by my assistant special agent in charge that we would not even be allowed to approach the house; that the plan, as told to us, was that my information would be given to the Secret Service… with the notification that we would like to talk to Hunter Biden; and that I was not to go near the house and to stand by.”
“We waited a period of time,” the agent said. “You know, I will add, it was frustrating, and I know supervisor number two was very frustrated, and I understood that frustration.”
The interview team finally “transitioned to make an attempt to interview another ‐‐ or a witness as part of the investigation.”
He later learned that, during that time, Hunter Biden retained a lawyer.
“I received a call from an individual from a D.C. law firm, who I cannot recall the name of the firm or the individual, and he identified himself as having my contact information and that he represented Hunter Biden and would accept all further communications through him,” he said.
When asked if he was ever able to interview Hunter Biden, the agent replied: “I was not—no.”
“I have strongly opposed the creation of a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden,” Comer stated Monday on X. “I had zero confidence that AG Garland would appoint anyone credible. His selection of David Weiss is unbelievable.”
I have strongly opposed the creation of a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden.
I had zero confidence that AG Garland would appoint anyone credible. His selection of David Weiss is unbelievable.
— Rep. James Comer (@RepJamesComer) August 14, 2023
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