Congress members are now keenly interested in how the Department of Justice was able to offer Hunter Biden such a sweetheart deal while ignoring protocol and avoiding jail time.
A new report adds more intrigue to this saga. The Daily Mail reports that one of the prosecutors involved in the formulation of the controversial deal was a former business partner of Hunter Biden.
A prosecutor who signed off on the documents charging Hunter Biden with tax and gun crimes previously worked with one of the First Son’s business partners, DailyMail.com revealed.
David Weiss, the US Attorney for Delaware, officially filed charges last Tuesday against the son of the president after a nearly five-year investigation into his alleged financial crimes and tax offenses.
Weiss’s assistant, Assistant United States Attorney Derek Hines, also signed the documents with his boss, and two other US attorneys, indicating that he played a key role in Hunter’s criminal prosecution.
Hines, according to his LinkedIn profile, previously served as Special Counsel for ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh, at Freeh Group International Solutions. This is a lobbying firm and “risk management” consultancy that has teamed up with Hunter in the overseas business under scrutiny.
Derek Hines is the top lieutenant of the United States Attorney for the District of Delaware David Weiss. He also serves as Assistant United States Attorney at the same office. Hines, according to the report signed off on the Documents of Charge that were such a boon to the son of the president.
This is where the conflict of interests comes into play. Hines worked for Louis Freeh. Who is Freeh? He is a former FBI Director who was involved in a business deal with Hunter Biden worth $3 million. Hines was not just a random FBI employee. He was Freeh’s special counsel, which meant that they would have had an extremely close working relationship.
This story is amazing to me. Is there any reason for the federal government’s incestuous behavior, even if Hines’ connection to Hunter Biden did not influence the deal? Do I have to believe the DOJ could not put together a team of prosecutors to handle such a controversial case without at least one of them being connected to Hunter Biden? Merrick Garland, as well as both of Donald Trump’s attorneys general, could have appointed a Special Counsel years ago to make sure that this issue was not raised.
Washington is a place where this kind of thing is normal. The game is all about winks and nods. In some cases, the people who are being prosecuted know everyone and have worked with them. While the rest of us “trust” in these circles, we are forced to “trust” nothing is amiss. Maybe something should be said about this, no matter what the conflict of interest was.