Jim Jordan, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and a Republican from Ohio, stated that he would like to talk with the federal prosecutor who has been charged by an IRS whistleblower of setting restrictions on the probe against Hunter Biden.
Jordan singled out Assistant U.S. Attorney Lesley Wolf during an appearance on Fox News after she was charged with obstructing some lines of inquiry into Hunter Biden’s father, President Biden, and alerting Hunter Biden’s legal counsel to a scheduled search of a storage facility.
“She set restrictions on their investigative options. That is as terrible as it gets, I mean,” Jordan said to host Maria Bartiromo.
“We intend to make certain we get an opportunity to speak to this Lesley Wolf, the assistant federal attorney who was in charge of the investigation in U.S. Attorney David Weiss’ office here in Delaware,” Jordan continued. “As we continue our examination, we believe this is crucial.”
The accusations against Wolf are included in a whistleblower notification made to Congress by IRS supervisory special agent Gary Shapley. In it, Shapley alleges that the Hunter Biden probe was being handled improperly, maybe for political purposes.
Weiss said this week that Biden, 53, has consented to accept a pretrial diversion program for the firearms violation and submit a guilty plea to two tax counts at a hearing that will be set by a US district court judge.
Shapley along with another IRS whistleblower, however, said that IRS inspectors suggested more charges against Hunter Biden in other jurisdictions, as evidenced by the records made public by the GOP-led House Ways and Means Committee this week.
Shapley said that even though she backed new accusations despite Wolf’s allegedly thwarting investigators’ efforts, higher-ranking attorneys rejected them. Furthermore, according to Shapley, Weiss requested but was denied special counsel status, which may have given him more freedom to file charges.
This week, AG Merrick Garland disputed several of the allegations made by the whistleblower, including the claim that Weiss never asked to become a special counsel. Garland added, “He was given total authority to make all choices on his own. Considering that he has the power, I don’t see how anyone could prevent him from bringing a prosecution.”
Rep. Jim Jordan on Lesley Wolf: “There’s typically a process you go through before you’d ever get to a subpoena, but if that’s what it takes, we think it’s important to talk to her.
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Jordan said it was a possibility when Bartiromo asked whether he would subpoena Wolf, highlighting how crucial her testimony could be to the oversight job of his subcommittee.
Jordan stated, “We are going to look at all the possibilities. We’d want to speak with her. Before you receive a subpoena, you normally have to go through a process. But if that is what it entails, we believe talking to her is crucial.”