House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has hinted that the House GOP may initiate an impeachment inquiry against U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland. The inquiry would be based on the allegations made by IRS Criminal Supervisory Special Agent Gary A. Shapley Jr., who claimed that U.S. Attorney David Weiss wanted to appoint a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden. McCarthy called for answers from Weiss, stating that if the whistleblower’s allegations are true, it would be part of a larger investigation into Garland’s alleged weaponization of the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Shapley stated that Weiss had informed six witnesses during an October meeting that he lacked the authority to press charges against Hunter Biden in other districts and had requested special counsel status. However, Garland has insisted that Weiss had complete autonomy to make decisions independently. Shapley’s legal team provided a statement from the witnesses, including FBI and IRS agents, corroborating Shapley’s account.
The discrepancy between Weiss’s alleged statements and Garland’s assertions has raised concerns. Shapley and his legal team argue that it is up to Weiss and the DOJ to reconcile the evidence and address the contradictions. McCarthy emphasized the need to uncover the facts and resolve these disparities, suggesting that an impeachment inquiry into Garland could be warranted if the whistleblower’s claims are substantiated.
During an interview on Fox News, McCarthy confirmed that recent developments in the Biden corruption cases could lead to impeachment proceedings. He specified a target date for commencing the impeachment inquiry, stating that if the allegations made by the IRS whistleblower are proven true, inquiries into the attorney general would begin by July 6. McCarthy highlighted the importance of addressing the discrepancies between what Garland and Weiss are saying privately, signaling his intent to hold them accountable if necessary.
From a conservative perspective, these calls for an impeachment inquiry stem from concerns over the integrity and transparency of the DOJ. Republicans argue that if the whistleblower’s allegations hold true, it would demonstrate a manipulation of the justice system for political purposes. They emphasize the need for accountability and a thorough investigation to ensure that those entrusted with upholding the law are acting in an unbiased manner. The timeline provided by McCarthy indicates a sense of urgency to address these allegations promptly and ensure the proper functioning of the DOJ.