House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Sith on Monday issued subpoenas to four FBI and IRs officials, seeking information related to a meeting with now-special counsel David Weiss.
Jordan issued subpoenas for FBI special agents Thomas Sobocinski and Ryeshia Holley, the Washington Examiner reported. Smith, meanwhile, subpoenaed IRS Director of Field Operations Michael Batdorf and IRS Special Agent in Charge Darrell Waldon.
The Oct. 7, 2022, meeting about which the lawmakers seek information allegedly saw Weiss claim he was not the final authority on charging first son Hunter Biden. Prior to his appointment as special counsel, Weiss conducted a years-long investigation into the now-first son, which a pair of whistleblowers who worked on the case contended had been the subject of political interference from Biden administration appointees.
IRS Supervisory Special Agent Gary Shapley and Special Agent Joseph Ziegler have contended that Weiss, in his capacity as U.S. Attorney for Delaware had been denied the ability to bring charges against Biden outside of his jurisdiction. In particular, they claimed that the D.C. U.S. Attorney had refused to partner with them so as to advance tax charges that have since passed the statute of limitations.
Moreover, they contend that Attorney General Merrick Garland had denied a request from Weiss to be named special counsel so as to bring the charges after that incident.
Garland later appointed Weiss amid intense public scrutiny over a plea agreement for the first son that conservatives excoriated as overly lenient.
The subpoenas for each of the officials follow requests for voluntarily cooperation with which the Department of Justice did not comply.
Smith and Jordan’s investigations come as part of a broader Republican effort to investigate the Biden administration, its alleged “weaponization” of government agencies, and the first family’s allegedly illicit business dealings.