Federal prosecutors investigating President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden refused to issue search warrants or subpoenas in the months before the 2020 presidential election, out of fear it reveals the existence of an investigation and helps then-President Donald Trump’s campaign.
POLITICO reports Justice Department officials “advised Delaware’s U.S. Attorney, David Weiss, to avoid taking any actions that could alert the public to the existence of the case in the middle of a presidential election.”
“The probe, which is focused on possible tax law violations, has also examined Hunter Biden’s business dealings with foreign interests — a topic that has animated Biden detractors — and its existence first came to light amid a controversy about the leak of Hunter Biden’s laptop files,” POLITICO reports.
POLITICO further reports:
By late 2018, Weiss’s office was investigating Hunter Biden’s activities in response to a number of leads, including some related to his dealings with Chinese business associates.
While investigators pursued suspicions of possible money laundering and violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the criminal investigation eventually came to focus on whether he had paid taxes on all of his income, according to a person familiar with it. Hunter Biden has maintained that he acted appropriately.
By last summer, the probe had reached a point at which investigators could have issued grand jury subpoenas and sought search warrants that might have revealed its existence at a time when many of then-President Donald Trump’s supporters were seeking to draw attention to Hunter Biden’s actions.
Weiss, however, decided to delay taking any actions that were likely to make the existence of the Hunter Biden probe public. Concerns about affecting the presidential election loomed large when Weiss entertained arguments about advancing the probe, according to the person involved in the discussions.
Aside from almost certain liberal bias in the Justice Department’s leadership and a desire to oust Trump, some DOJ officials likely wanted to avoid a repeat of the 2016 election, which ended with liberals blaming then-FBI Director James Comey for Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton’s loss.
Trump’s campaign got a boost in the final days of the 2016 campaign when FBI reopened a closed probe into Clinton, after previously hidden emails between her and aide Huma Abedin.
Clinton was accused of illegally handling classified documents and emails while Secretary of State by using a private email server, kept in a bathroom, which had not been approved by, or was being monitored by, State Department officials.
The secret server created both a national security risk and have Clinton a way to avoid public disclosure.
The emails were discovered on a laptop owned by Abedin’s husband, New York Democrat Congressman Anthony Weiner, who was under investigation for alleged sex crimes. The Justice Department re-opened an investigation into the alleged mishandling of classified information to review the emails.
The announcement hurt Clinton, who was struggling to shake allegations of corruption and convince undecided voters she would not be under constant investigation. She narrowly lost the election in key states, with voters there saying they felt she was the more corrupt candidate.
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