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Special counsel who investigated Hunter Biden allegedly changed his mind about plea deal as Republicans began uncovering details

 August 20, 2023

The special counsel investigating Hunter Biden reportedly shifted his stance on a potential plea deal following whistleblower revelations.

The New York Times has disclosed that Special Counsel David Weiss had been inclined to drop any potential prosecution against Hunter Biden.

Prior to his appointment to the special counsel role, Weiss was allegedly on the brink of ending the investigation without pressing for a guilty plea on any charges, as reported by the Daily Wire.

Whistleblowers change the course of the case

However, the course of events took a turn when two IRS agents, acting as whistleblowers, claimed they faced obstruction from their superiors at the Department of Justice.

According to their allegations, they were prevented from further pursuing the Biden investigation.

In light of these accusations, Weiss revised his position. He demanded that Hunter Biden admit to two misdemeanor tax offenses and accept a deferred prosecution agreement related to a gun charge.

Reasons for requesting special counsel appointment

This sudden change in Weiss' approach to the case raised questions about his motivations. There were speculations about why Weiss had reportedly approached U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and requested appointment as the special counsel.

Such an appointment would not only grant Weiss greater authority to probe and prosecute, but it would also provide him an advantage in future discussions with Hunter Biden.

Another notable factor is that, in his new role, Weiss is now obligated to produce a concluding report for the investigation.

This could potentially be a platform for him to address the substantial criticism he's been receiving from the Republican side.

Criticism from the GOP

Garland's decision to appoint Weiss as the special counsel has not been well-received by several leading Republicans. They argue that this move is a strategy to protect Hunter Biden from legal troubles.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, currently second to former President Donald Trump in the 2024 GOP presidential primary race, expressed his skepticism. DeSantis commented on the situation, stating:

Just seems to me that they’re going to find a way to give him some type of soft glove treatment.

Furthermore, he added his confusion over the choice of Weiss as the special counsel, saying:

And I don’t understand why you would appoint this guy to be the special counsel. But we’ve come to expect that.

Public response and future implications

This situation has instigated a public debate, with many closely observing how the case will unfold.

Given the political implications and the involvement of a prominent figure like Hunter Biden, the case has garnered substantial media attention.

For many, the case serves as a litmus test for the impartiality and independence of the Department of Justice.

While some critics view the developments with suspicion, others believe that a thorough and transparent investigation is essential to uphold justice.


  • Special Counsel David Weiss had initially considered dropping any charges against Hunter Biden.
  • His stance reportedly changed after two IRS whistleblowers claimed interference from the Department of Justice in the Biden investigation.
  • Weiss' request to be appointed as special counsel might grant him increased authority and an edge in any future discussions with Hunter Biden.
  • GOP members, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, have criticized this appointment, suspecting it might be a way to shield Hunter Biden from potential legal consequences.