Lawyers for IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley released on Wednesday his personal handwritten notes from a critical meeting with U.S. Attorney David Weiss last October.
Shapley, a senior supervisory agent who worked the Hunter Biden investigation, testified to Congress that Weiss admitted in a meeting on Oct. 7, 2022, that he was not the “deciding official on whether charges are filed” against the first son. Senior FBI agent Thomas Sobocinski, who also attended that meeting, has challenged Shapely’s testimony, telling House investigators that he did not remember Weiss saying what Shapely claims.
Importantly, Sobocinski did not memorialize the meeting with notes or emails — but Shapely did.
“Weiss stated — He is not the deciding person,” Shapely wrote in notes taking during the Oct. 7 meeting.
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The handwritten notes also corroborate another key allegation: that Weiss could not bring charges in other jurisdictions without receiving outside approval despite Attorney General Merrick Garland claiming that Weiss had ultimate authority to bring any charges against Hunter in any jurisdiction.
“USA CA — [Martin] Estrada in charge of authorizing these charges in that jurisdiction,” Shapley noted. “Weiss requested Special Counsel status in D.C. + Main DOJ said ‘no’ — follow the process.”
That Estrada, a Biden nominee, blocked Weiss from bringing charges against Hunter in the Central District of California was independently corroborated by the New York Times. Weiss’ decision to vacate charges against Hunter in Delaware — with the intention of refiling them in at least one of the other two jurisdictions — also strongly suggests that Weiss did not possess unilateral charging power, just as Shapley claimed.
Shapley’s handwritten notes are backed up by an email he sent to his IRS supervisor on Oct. 7, 2022, after the meeting. That email, which was released by the House Ways and Means Committee, is a transcription of the notes that Shapley took during the meeting.
The supervisor — D.C. IRS Special Agent in Charge Darrell Waldon — also attended the Oct. 7 meeting and told Shapley his notes “covered it all.”
House investigators have interviewed Waldon, and his testimony could be released as early as this week, CBS News reported.