Attorney General Merrick Garland testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee and was unable to recall whether he had any contact with FBI headquarters about the investigation into Hunter Biden’s business dealings.
Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) pressed Garland on that question:
“Have you had personal contact with anyone at FBI headquarters about the Hunter Biden investigation?” Johnson asked.
“I don’t recollect the answer to that question but the FBI works for the Justice Department — ,” Garland said in reply.
“I’m sorry,” Johnson interjected. “You don’t recollect whether you talked to anyone at FBI headquarters about an investigation into the president’s son?”
Garland responded, “I don’t believe that I did.”
The attorney general also insisted that he “kept” his promise to not interfere in the investigation and made clear that U.S. Attorney David Weiss, who is leading the Hunter Biden inquiry, had the authority to bring cases that he believed to be appropriate.
Garland refused to really answer the question of whether he had any contacts with Weiss.
“Under oath … your testimony is — you have not had any discussions with Mr. Weiss about this matter?” Johnson asked.
“Under oath, my testimony today is that I promise the Senate I would not intrude in his investigation. I do not intend to discuss internal Justice Department deliberations, whether or not I had them,” Garland said.
Whistleblowers from the FBI have claimed that officials slow-walked the inquiry in a way that may have precluded more serious charges in the years-long probe. Garland testified on Wednesday that there was nothing “cumbersome” about the process Weiss had to go through.
Garland said he expects Weiss to deliver a report at the end of his investigation that will explain decisions when it comes to prosecutions.
Take a look at these posts on social media for even more surprising testimony from the attorney general.
.@RepMikeJohnson: "Have you had personal contact with anyone at FBI headquarters about the Hunter Biden investigation?"
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) September 20, 2023
.@RepMikeJohnson: "Under oath…your testimony is – you have not had any discussions with Mr. Weiss about this matter?"
GARLAND: "I do not intend to discuss internal Justice Department deliberations, whether or not I had them."
JOHNSON: "So, your testimony today is you're not… pic.twitter.com/Rjmp0zl74U
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 20, 2023