Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday named Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss as special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden, President Biden’s son.
The appointment of a special counsel comes after Weiss had been leading the investigation into Hunter Biden since 2019. Weiss is a career federal prosecutor who was appointed by President Donald Trump to become the U.S. attorney in Delaware in 2018. He was asked to remain on as U.S. attorney under the Biden administration and has continued leading the investigation.
The investigation into Hunter Biden has been politically charged, with Republicans alleging that he used his father’s position as vice president to enrich himself. Democrats have dismissed the allegations as a politically motivated witch hunt.
The appointment of a special counsel is a significant development in the investigation. It gives Weiss more independence and resources to continue his work. It also insulates the investigation from political interference.
The special counsel’s investigation is expected to focus on Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine and China. Weiss has already subpoenaed documents from Hunter Biden and his associates. He is also expected to interview witnesses.
The investigation is still in its early stages. It is unclear when it will be completed or what charges, if any, will be filed.