House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan is sounding off on Hunter Biden’s “preferential treatment” at the hands of the Department of Justice, arguing they ran the case in a “ridiculous way.”
During an interview, Jordan spoke about reports that Hunter Biden agreed to plead guilty to a pair of misdemeanor tax avoidance charges and that he may not serve any prison time for a felony gun charge. The first son was charged with failing to pay any taxes on around $1.5 million in income for two straight years. He was also accused of lying on a federal gun background check form about his past drug use and addiction in order to purchase a handgun.
Jordan was outraged at the “sweetheart” plea deal, saying it was yet another example of how the country’s justice system has become politicized and two-tiered.
“I think the big takeaway from last week is nothing has changed at the Justice Department. I mean, John Durham told us how bad it was, that it was all a lie, Crossfire Hurricane. He told us they got incredible intelligence that said this whole thing, the Trump-Russia narrative, was from the Clinton campaign. So, the intelligence is credible enough that he briefed the president, the vice president, attorney general, the director of the FBI puts it in a memo,” Jordan said.
“And Jim Comey doesn’t share that memo with the agents doing the case. I mean, that’s how wrong. And now we get to this situation. We have a whistleblower come forward and say they were denied information that they should have had. Hunter Biden got special treatment, preferential treatment, and they ran this case in a ridiculous way,” Jordan continued.
“So that to me is the big takeaway. Nothing has changed at the Justice Department, which is why what we do with the appropriations process and our focus on not allowing FISA to be reauthorized in its current form is so darn important,” he added.
Jordan also recently sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland requesting information on the status of a special counsel investigation into President Joe Biden’s potential mishandling of classified documents.
The Ohio Republican specifically wants Garland to provide him with an “unredacted copy of the memorandum outlining the scope of Special Counsel Robert Hur’s probes regarding President Biden and any supporting documents relating to his appointment.”
“The Committee on the Judiciary has jurisdiction to oversee the activities of the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation pursuant to Rule X of the Rules of the House of Representatives,” he wrote, adding that he’s also requesting “any other document describing, listing, or delineating the authority and jurisdiction” outlining the scope “of the special counsel” probe.
Hur was appointed after classified documents were discovered at the Biden Penn Center, which dated back to when Biden served as vice president. Additional classified materials were also found at one of Biden’s residences in Delaware.
Earlier this month, Law360 correspondent Frank G. Runyeon shared a “cease and desist” letter he obtained from Hunter Biden attorney Abbe David Lowell to lawyers for the former president.
“Hunter Biden’s attorney demands Donald Trump cease & desist from statements ‘both defamatory and likely to incite’ violence against the U.S. president’s son,” Runyeon noted on Twitter in a post containing a screenshot of the demand letter.
Lowell, with the Winston & Strawn law firm, addressed members of Trump’s legal team in the demand letter as well.
“As you know, Winston & Strawn represents, and I am writing on behalf of our client, Hunter Biden,” the letter began.
“I am sending this letter to make a demand that your client, former President Donald Trump, cease and desist from making public statements about my client which are both defamatory and likely to incite Mr. Trump’s followers to take actions against Mr. Biden and which could lead to his or his family’s injury,” Lowell wrote.
The attorney specifically highlighted a post made by the former president on his Truth Social platform, which targeted David Weiss, the U.S. attorney in Delaware responsible for overseeing the prosecution of Hunter Biden on charges related to taxes and firearms.
“Weiss is a COWARD, a smaller version of Bill Barr, who never had the courage to do what everyone knows should have been done. He gave out a traffic ticket instead of a death sentence,” Trump noted in his post.
In June, Hunter Biden agreed to a plea deal that keeps him out of prison for the tax and gun charges, though that deal has since been scrutinized.