Many Republicans have been calling for a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden. Now that the Department of Justice designated U.S. Attorney David Weiss of Delaware for the role, conservatives are complaining. Attorney General Merrick Garland Weiss, a move that appeared to be an attempt to insulate DOJ from Republican criticisms that the process had been politicized. Weiss, a Trump appointee, began the investigation of the president’s son in 2018. Last year, 30 Senate Republicans asked Garland to "provide U.S. Attorney Weiss the full protections and authorities of a special counsel" Now, many of the same politicians contend that a recent plea deal that fell apart changes the circumstances, reports the Washington Post.
“Mr. Weiss has been compromised. His whole team to me has been compromised. The sweetheart plea deal was written for Hunter Biden in a way that no American would get advantage of that deal,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who signed onto the 2022 letter with other Senate Republicans. House Republicans accuse Garland of trying to thwart congressional investigations into the Biden family and say that Weiss isn’t the right person to serve as special counsel. "David Weiss can’t be trusted and this is just a new way to whitewash the Biden family’s corruption. Weiss has already signed off on a sweetheart plea deal that was so awful and unfair that a federal judge rejected it,” said a spokesperson for House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH). Rep. Greg Murphy (N.C.), one of the signatories to House Republicans’ letter, tweeted, “Weiss has already destroyed the credibility of the investigation into Hunter Biden and now he’s being elevated to Special Counsel. What could go wrong?”