Special Counsel David Weiss acknowledged the statute of limitations expired on Hunter Biden’s failure to pay taxes on $1 million in income from Ukrainian company Burisma between 2014-2015.
But he said evidence collected during the investigation could still be used in future prosecutions against him.
Weiss sat down with congressional investigators on Tuesday amid his investigation into the president’s son for gun and tax crimes.
The special counsel decided to give testimony behind closed doors due to ongoing speculation and accusations by IRS whistleblowers that the Hunter probe has been politicized, which he has denied.
When asked about Hunter’s failure to pay taxes on over $1 million from Burisma in 2014 and 2015, Weiss told investigators he could not comment on it because it pertains to ‘ongoing litigation and our outstanding investigation.’
‘I’m just not at liberty to comment at this time, but there will come a time,’ Weiss said according to the transcript reviewed by DailyMail.com.
‘Even though the statute of limitations has lapsed?’ Weiss was asked.
‘Yes, yes,’ said Weiss.
Special Counsel David Weiss acknowledged the statute of limitation expired on Hunter Biden ‘s failure to pay taxes on $1 million in income from Ukrainian company Burisma between 2014-2015
‘When is the appropriate time to address why the statute of limitations was allowed to lapse?’ Weiss was then asked.
‘I’ll address it in the report, but even though the statute of limitations has lapsed and even though charges won’t be filed, if there were to be an outstanding tax prosecution, there is no reason to believe that evidence pertaining to prior years, or witnesses involved in prior years, wouldn’t be part of that litigation.’
Weiss confirmed IRS whistleblower testimony that the statue of limitations had run out on the 2014 and 2015 tax crimes.
Shapley alleged that Hunter Biden separately failed to pay a $1.2 million tax bill from 2017 and 2018 – reportedly borrowing money from his bong-smoking, Hollywood attorney Kevin Morris to pay off the bill and help with bills for the family.
The Judiciary Committee is currently probing whether DOJ officials slow-walked or obstructed criminal investigations into Hunter Biden.
Asked about Hunter’s failure to pay taxes on over $1 million from Burisma in 2014 and 2015, Weiss told investigators on Thursday he could not comment on it because it pertains to ‘ongoing litigation and our outstanding investigation’
IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler, who were previously assigned to the Hunter Biden probe, previously testified that they recommended charges be brought against the president’s son for tax violations but testified Weiss had been denied special counsel status and said he was ‘not the deciding person’ to bring charges in the case.
Hunter Biden sat on the board of Burisma from 2013 to 2018 and earned more than $11 million from the company.
Emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop show that he hosted a dinner at the ritzy Cafe Milano with his father Joe and an executive with Ukrainian energy company Burisma, while Hunter sat on the board. An email from the executive thanked Hunter for the opportunity to meet Joe, who was not in office at the time.
Weiss – the U.S. Attorney for Delaware and lead prosecutor in the federal criminal probe into Hunter – said he was never blocked from bringing charges against the president’s son at any point in his investigation, which began in 2018.
Weiss charged Hunter in September with three felony counts related to lying on a federal gun application form while under the influence of drugs. He faces up to 25 years in prison.
The president’s son pleaded not guilty at his initial court hearing. The not guilty plea comes after what Republicans called a ‘sweetheart’ plea deal – that would have seen Joe Biden’s son avoid jail time – collapsed this summer.
Over the summer, Shapley and Ziegler testified under oath that Hunter Biden received ‘special’ treatment in the investigation into his financial dealings led by Weiss.
They said that Hunter’s tax charges should have been a felony, but that political pressures led to the first son’s ‘sweetheart deal’ instead.
Republicans including Jordan have pointed out discrepancies between Attorney General Merrick Garland and U.S. Attorney Weiss’ public statements on the Hunter Biden case and who had ‘full authority’ to charge the president’s son.
Ziegler and Shapley testified that Weiss asked U.S. Attorney for D.C. Matthew Graves to bring ‘felony and misdemeanor tax’ charges agains the president’s son.
But after Graves refused, Weiss threw out the potential felony charges and struck a plea deal with the president’s son that did not include any jail time. Hunter is expected in court Wednesday for the plea deal to be made official.
‘I watched U.S. Attorney [David] Weiss tell a room full of senior FBI and IRS senior leaders on October 7, 2022, that he was not the deciding person on whether charges were filed,’ Shapley said, contradicting Weiss’ previous public statements.
‘If the Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss followed DOJ policy as he stated in his most recent letter, Hunter Biden should have been charged with a tax felony, and not only the tax misdemeanor charge,’ said Ziegler.
‘We need to treat each taxpayer the same under the law.’
Graves has denied allegations that he contributed to improper political interference during the federal investigation into Hunter Biden.