Turley: Garland missed opportunity to bolster public trust in DOJ with transparency, may fuel impeachment push

Constitutional attorney Jonathan Turley pointed out the appointment of David Weiss as special counsel in the Hunter Biden probe was in essence a boneheaded move that would cause even more mistrust of the DOJ.

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The Fox News contributor broke down on “The Story” Friday how Attorney General Merrick Garland’s ill-considered appointment of US Attorney David Weiss as special counsel is a missed opportunity for transparency in the investigation. It will also further alienate the American public and could fuel calls for the impeachment of President Biden.

The problem with this appointment is manifest. You know, Garland had the opportunity to do two things to regain the trust of the public. He could have appointed someone else as special counsel, and he could have expanded the mandate,” Turley commented.

“He could have said, look, there are a lot of concerns about influence peddling crimes associated with the Biden family. We’re going to have all of those investigated independently, and the facts will take it where it needs to lead. He didn’t do that,” he pointed out.

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“Instead, he kept on referring to the mandate of investigating Hunter Biden, and he appointed the individual who’s been criticized for weeks, accused by whistleblowers of being the head of what they suggest was a fixed investigation. Now, that’s obviously not going to help the public trust any,” Turley said, alluding to the obvious.

The George Washington University Law School professor went on to note that the appointment will work to protect the Department of Justice by keeping Weiss from having to testify. The bigger issue is how really bad this makes President Biden look.

The most immediate impact of this appointment will be to insulate the department itself. Weiss was supposed to testify in Congress. That’s highly unlikely, if he does, it’s unlikely he’s going to give any real information,” Turley remarked.

“But there is another road here. You know, by not expanding the mandate, Garland may have fueled calls for the impeachment inquiry. You know, impeachment is sort of constitutional kryptonite. You know, no court that I know of would say that Congress does not have a duty to investigate allegations of corruption by President Biden and his family. This does not appear to be within the mandate laid out by the attorney general,” he asserted.

Turley also found it very curious that the Department of Justice wouldn’t answer whether President Biden was in the mandate or not.

“And I want to note something else. Why wouldn’t you answer that question? Why wouldn’t you, you would just give great specificity as to the mandate with regard to Hunter Biden, why wouldn’t the Justice Department answer clearly whether the president is within that mandate? And it speaks quite loudly to the rank and file. It suggests that we’re not on board with investigating the president,” the constitutionalist astutely pointed out.

“And you have to keep in mind that this was the attorney general that said that Weiss had sweeping authority to investigate just Hunter Biden and yet this investigation was accused of being fixed and obstructed,” Turley concluded.

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