Special Counsel Appointed in Hunter Biden Case

Attorney General Merrick Garland makes the move
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 11, 2023 11:30 AM CDT
Special Counsel Appointed in Hunter Biden Case
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks to members of the house of delegates of the American Bar Association at the group's annual meeting Monday, Aug. 7, 2023, in Denver.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Friday he is appointing a special counsel in the Hunter Biden probe, deepening the investigation of the president's son ahead of the 2024 election, per the AP. Garland said he is naming David Weiss, the US attorney in Delaware who has been investigating the financial and business dealings of the president's son, as the special counsel. Garland said Weiss told him earlier this week that "in his judgment, his investigation has reached a stage" at which a special counsel is necessary.

"Upon considering his request, as well as the extraordinary circumstances relating to this matter, I have concluded it is in the public interest to appoint him as special counsel," Garland said. The move is a momentous development from the typically cautious Garland and comes amid a pair of sweeping Justice Department probes into Donald Trump, the former president and President Biden's chief rival in next year's election. It comes as House Republicans are mounting their own investigation into Hunter Biden's business dealings.

The legal saga of the president's son nearly came to an end with a plea deal, but last month a judge unexpectedly refused to approve the deal worked out between prosecutors and Biden's attorneys on tax and gun charges. Republican critics say Hunter Biden traded on his father's clout while arranging foreign business deals. (More Hunter Biden stories.)

Get breaking news in your inbox.
What you need to know, as soon as we know it.
Sign up
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.