An FBI Special Agent Testifies on Slow Progress of Hunter Biden Investigation
An FBI special agent recently appeared before the House Judiciary Committee to testify about the Department of Justice’s investigation into Hunter Biden. The agent, Thomas Sobocinski, expressed his frustration with the slow pace of the investigation, echoing the concerns raised by IRS criminal investigators earlier this year.
“I would have liked for it to move faster,” Sobocinski stated during a closed-door interview with the committee.
Sobocinski emphasized that his main focus in the Hunter Biden case was to move it forward towards a resolution, although he did not provide specifics on what that resolution entailed. During the interview, Sobocinski, accompanied by a DOJ and FBI lawyer, avoided answering many questions posed by Chairman Jim Jordan and committee staff.
One topic repeatedly brought up during the interview was the statute of limitations for potential tax crimes committed by Biden in 2014 and 2015. Sobocinski declined to discuss the details, stating that the investigation was ongoing and that he was not in a position to address specific concerns.
It was revealed in June that the lead prosecutor in the case, David Weiss, intended to bring misdemeanor tax charges from 2017 and 2018, as well as a felony gun charge against Biden. Sobocinski confirmed his presence at two crucial meetings mentioned by IRS whistleblowers in their May testimony before Congress.
The whistleblowers claimed that the October 7 meeting was a turning point for them, as they believed senior DOJ officials were obstructing their investigation to protect Biden. Sobocinski did not provide details about the substance of either meeting but stated that he always believed Weiss had the necessary authority to bring charges against Biden.
Sobocinski’s testimony came just before House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden, which would also investigate whether Hunter Biden received special treatment from the DOJ. Sobocinski is one of the individuals that House Republicans are interested in speaking with as part of their investigation into the alleged special treatment.
While Judiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Jerry Nadler argued that Sobocinski’s testimony contradicted that of the IRS whistleblowers, a legal entity representing one of the whistleblowers stated that they had not seen the leaked transcript and could not comment fully. However, they noted that the whistleblower had contemporaneously documented the meeting, which differed from trying to recall information a year later without notes.
The IRS whistleblowers have maintained consistency in their disclosures to Congress, according to a Judiciary Committee spokesperson, who criticized individuals like David Weiss, Merrick Garland, and their associates for their lack of consistency.
Source: The Washington Examiner
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