Ted Cruz and over 30 senators had urged US Attorney General Merrick Garland to appoint Davis Weiss as special counsel to lead investigations into Hunter Biden in September 2022. Less than a year later, on August 11th, Garland announced that Weiss would receive special counsel status. However, Cruz is now criticizing the appointment, calling it “wildly inappropriate” and a cover-up. He accused Weiss of either actively participating in covering up “criminality” and obstructing justice or being complicit in these actions.
Weiss, who has been the US Attorney for Delaware since 2018, has been leading federal investigations into President Joe Biden’s son since 2019. Last month, Hunter Biden was reportedly prepared to enter a plea deal related to unpaid taxes and a federal application for a firearm, but the deal fell apart. Hunter Biden pleaded not guilty to two charges after a federal judge questioned whether the deal would prohibit other potential prosecutions.
According to IRS whistleblowers who spoke to Republican members of Congress, it was necessary for Weiss to be designated special counsel because he couldn’t pursue prosecutions in jurisdictions outside of Delaware. Whistleblowers also claimed that officials from the US Department of Justice prevented Weiss from seeking felony tax evasion charges in California and Washington DC. Cruz accused Weiss of covering up criminal activity and protecting the president or being complicit in these actions.
In their letter to Garland last year, Cruz and the other senators emphasized the importance of Weiss receiving special counsel status to avoid the appearance of impropriety and provide additional assurances to the American people that the Hunter Biden investigation is free from political influence. However, Cruz now accuses Weiss of spending the last five years covering up the investigation.
Cruz has also been requesting information from Weiss this month, sending a letter with a list of questions surrounding whistleblower testimony. The Independent has requested comment from Cruz’s office but has not received a response.
Other GOP officials who previously called for Weiss to be appointed as special counsel have also raised objections. Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn claimed that Garland appointed Weiss because he knows Weiss will protect Hunter Biden. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said that Weiss has been compromised and criticized the appointment for pouring gasoline on a political fire. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley accused Weiss of pulling punches and not investigating as he should have.
Overall, Cruz and other Republican senators who initially supported Weiss as special counsel are now criticizing the appointment, alleging cover-up and political protection for Hunter Biden.