Republicans file lawsuit against two DOJ officials for disregarding Hunter Biden investigation subpoenas

by | Mar 21, 2024

House Republicans filed a lawsuit on Thursday against two Department of Justice officials who played roles in the prosecution of Hunter Biden, alleging that these officials defied subpoenas by declining to appear for depositions.

In its complaint, the House Judiciary Committee requested that the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., compel these officials, both of whom serve in the DOJ Tax Division, to adhere to the subpoenas and participate in interviews with the committee.

The officials involved, senior litigation counsel Mark Daly and trial attorney Jack Morgan, participated in a meeting at DOJ headquarters in June 2022 regarding prosecution decisions concerning Biden. Gary Shapley, a former IRS criminal investigator turned whistleblower, who was also present at the meeting, testified to Congress alleging that the Tax Division opposed pursuing charges against Biden during that session.

For several months, the committee has been embroiled in a protracted exchange with the DOJ over securing testimony from Daly and Morgan. However, the department has been resistant to permitting the depositions.

The committee attorneys consistently referenced the House's impeachment inquiry as the foundation for the lawsuit, highlighting that one of the inquiry's objectives was to ascertain whether Hunter Biden received preferential treatment from the department throughout its extensive investigation.

They also pointed out that the House is investigating whether Joe Biden exerted any influence on the DOJ to handle his son's case leniently.

House investigators believe that Morgan and Daly could provide insight into this matter, despite several higher-level DOJ officials, including their boss, previously denying in interviews with the committee that political considerations influenced decision-making in the Hunter Biden case.

The attorneys are seeking a court order, or injunction, to compel Morgan and Daly to testify about the statutes of limitations pertaining to Hunter Biden's taxes for the years 2014 and 2015.

The attorneys are also seeking testimony from Morgan and Daly regarding their change in perspective regarding whether charges should be brought for the tax years 2014 and 2015, as well as any potential pressure they may have faced to argue against charging Hunter Biden.

Source: The Washington Examiner



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