This comes from the New York Times. And it comes after Attorney General Garland’s theatrical performance of appointing David Weiss (whom the media incessantly tells us was appointed by Trump, as if that means anything) as a special prosecutor to investigate Hunter Biden well after he discredited himself.
Earlier this year, The Times found, Mr. Weiss appeared willing to forgo any prosecution of Mr. Biden at all, and his office came close to agreeing to end the investigation without requiring a guilty plea on any charges. But the correspondence reveals that his position, relayed through his staff, changed in the spring, around the time a pair of I.R.S. officials on the case accused the Justice Department of hamstringing the investigation. Mr. Weiss suddenly demanded that Mr. Biden plead guilty to committing tax offenses.
So the only reason for the worthless plea deal was to save face after the IRS whistleblowers pushed back.
Without them, there would have just been a pass.
Think about the dedication of those men who put their careers on the line. They’re the only reason Hunter didn’t just plain walk.
And his lawyers know it. And want them prosecuted for it.
Now, the I.R.S. agents and their Republican allies say they believe the evidence they brought forward, at the precise time they did, played a role in influencing the outcome, a claim senior law enforcement officials dispute. While Mr. Biden’s legal team agrees that the I.R.S. agents affected the deal, his lawyers have contended to the Justice Department that by disclosing details about the investigation to Congress, they broke the law and should be prosecuted.
We’ve gone from protect whistleblowers to prosecute them. What a familiar dynamic. Obama played the same game.
As the testimony from the I.R.S. agents took hold, Mr. Biden’s legal team felt the ground shift beneath them. The U.S. attorney’s office suddenly went quiet…
On Tuesday, May 23, after four days of silence, Ms. Wolf delivered unwelcome news. Mr. Weiss had revised what he wanted in the deal, now demanding that Mr. Biden plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of failing to pay his taxes. It crossed a red line for Mr. Clark.
So the only reason that there was even the possibility of a guilty plea to anything, as opposed to the blank check immunity agreement which came first, was the IRS whistleblowers going public.