BREAKING: Hunter Biden has been denied a chance to win the Emmy Award for Best Tearful Performance in Courthouse Steps by a media darling.
The Washington Post announced on Thursday that on July 26 at the Delaware federal courthouse, Hunter “had written a statement about his desire to close a difficult chapter in his life and planned to read it to news cameras outside the courthouse after he submitted his plea.”
His performance was canceled after his tax and gun felony plea failed because federal judge Maryellen Noreika challenged Hunter’s blanket exoneration, which prosecutors wanted to sneak past her.
Instead of speaking to reporters, Hunter left the courtroom looking like the hellhounds were about to catch up to him.
Unfortunately, the Washington Post did not disclose what speech Hunter planned to deliver.
Would Hunter have addressed Shakespeare and invoked “the darts and slingshots of incomprehensible fortune”?
Would it have sounded presidential, perhaps reflecting Richard Nixon’s characteristic dictum: “I’m not a crook!”
Could Hunter’s performance have matched the dramatic brilliance of Washington Mayor Marion Barry’s epitaph: “The bitch set me up!”
After Hunter’s “mea culpa except I broke no laws” speech and President Joe Biden’s subsequent reaffirmation that his son “did nothing wrong,” did the White House stage a tsunami of overbearing media reports?
We won’t find out until Attorney General Merrick Garland pulls another whitewash out of his hat.
To close “a difficult chapter” in Joe Biden’s life, Garland last week appointed Justice Department attorney David Weiss as special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden’s crimes.
Weiss qualified for this high title because he did not prosecute Hunter in the previous five years of his investigation and secured his appointment with this sweetheart plea deal.
Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) railed, “Special Counsel is meant to be independent. Weiss is probably the least independent person that Merrick Garland could have appointed.”
Weiss’ appointment will thwart congressional investigations into Justice Department machinations.
Democrats are so desperate to justify Biden that they are now pretending government documents are being shared from Mount Sinai.
A Washington Post editorial justified the appointment as Special Counsel because Weiss “will be required to submit a report of his investigation, which has an almost certain probability of being made public.” . . The fact that he has to write one will also give him more incentive to go by the book.”
Does the Post believe that when writing such reports, political officials are put on IV fluids and injected with truth serum?
To acquit Biden, the paper is deleting all federal cover-ups since the Teapot Dome scandal.
But Thursday’s story reveals new dangers for Weiss.
The mutiny of IRS investigators investigating the multimillion-dollar foreign kickbacks Hunter pocketed was already well known.
After two IRS officers officially whistleblowed, the Justice Department fired the entire IRS team from the Hunter investigation, effectively narrowing the ability to prosecute Hunter’s more than $1 million in tax violations.
Now we know that for many months FBI investigators have also been “frustrated by Weiss’s handling of the case, believing that he should be investigated and prosecuted more aggressively.”
So Weiss has lost the trust of both the IRS and FBI agents in this never-ending case?
Has Weiss swept far more Biden dirt under the rug than we know so far?
A single “cent” could wipe out what remains of the Special Counsel’s credibility.
On Monday, the House Oversight Committee released a transcript of an interview with an unnamed FBI agent who complained that political officials had sabotaged attempts to interview Hunter Biden.
If more FBI agents, who have been barred from investigating Hunter’s crimes, would “give a dime” to congressional Republicans and provide concrete details on brazen blockade, Weiss could be doomed.
Other FBI agents have already exposed the Biden administration’s lies in its vendetta against domestic terrorism.
Will other FBI agents repeat the courage of FBI Special Agent Garret O’Boyle, who testified before Congress in May, “I never swore an oath to the FBI. I swore my oath to the Constitution”?
Weiss’ credibility is also weakened by the ongoing dispute with Hunter Biden’s attorneys, who allege the government betrayed their client.
In a lawsuit filed this week, Weiss did not dismiss Hunter’s attorneys’ claim that “the government worked out much of the proposed settlement,” which blew up in Judge Noreika’s courtroom.
Hunter’s attorneys allege that the firearms charges should be dropped because Hunter agreed to participate in a diversionary program rather than serve a harsh sentence.
Any further story that reminds people that Weiss had previously attempted to acquit Hunter weakens confidence in Weiss’s honesty as a special counsel.
Attorney General Garland also makes a mockery of Weiss by effectively preventing him from investigating the tens of millions of dollars in foreign payments received by members and cohorts of Biden’s family.
The Special Counsel’s investigation is akin to protracting a shoplifting investigation while ignoring the perpetrator’s role in a series of armored truck robberies.
But as long as Garland has his back, President Biden can continue to taunt reporters who ask, “Where’s the money?”
Depending on how many scandals are uncovered by congressional and other investigations, this rhetorical question could become the 46th President’s version: “I’m not a crook.”
James Bovard is the author of 10 books and a member of the USA Today Board of Contributors.