According to records examined by CBS News that have not been made public, E. Martin Estrada, the U.S. Attorney for Central California, informed Congress that the prosecutor in charge of investigating Hunter Biden had complete jurisdiction to press criminal tax charges against the president’s son in California. However, the prosecutor chose not to collaborate with Estrada’s office.
Estrada’s private testimony conflicts with statements from IRS whistleblower and chief special agent Gary Shapley, who alleged that David Weiss, the current special counsel for the Hunter Biden case and former U.S. attorney for Delaware, had declared during the investigation.
He stated that he did not have the authority to make the final decision on whether or not to press charges in the case.
According to the transcript of a closed-door interview, Estrada stated that she believed Mr. Weiss had been conducting the investigation for multiple years, was in charge of it, and would press charges if he deemed it necessary.
In August, the decision was made to appoint Weiss as a special counsel. This occurred after Weiss had notified the appropriate parties that his investigation had progressed to a point where he felt it necessary to continue as a special counsel. This designation grants him more independence in carrying out the investigation.
Scott Brady, who was appointed by Trump, previously served as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He recently testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee as part of a Republican-led investigation into Hunter Biden’s business dealings. According to Brady, his office faced challenges in making headway with their investigation, which was initially assigned by former Attorney General Bill Barr to look into Ukraine and Hunter Biden’s involvement with Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company.
Brady mentioned encountering multiple obstacles while attempting to work together with the FBI, such as increased levels of authorization and confirmation during the investigation.
During his testimony, Scott explained that the FBI seemed hesitant to carry out any tasks related to our assignment from Deputy Attorney General Rosen, which involved investigating allegations of Ukrainian corruption, especially if they involved Hunter Biden. He described this as a difficult hurdle.