Where Things Stand: House GOPers Already Pulling Investigate The Investigators Card Over Hunter Biden Plea

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Even being a Trump appointee won’t shield you from the wrath of a House Republican majority foaming at the mouth to prove just how weaponized!!! the justice system is (but only when it serves their talking-point purposes).

As you’ve likely seen by now, the man whose mere existence and human activities have been living rent-free in the heads of far-right Republicans and the right-wing media for years now, Hunter Biden, reached a plea agreement with prosecutors on three federal charges, according to a Tuesday court document. The President’s son will plead guilty to two counts of willful failure to pay federal income taxes. Federal prosecutors also reached an agreement on a separate gun charge that will allow Hunter Biden to likely avoid conviction.

The response from the James Comers and the Marjorie Taylor Greenes of the Republican Party was predictable, arguing the “sweetheart plea deal” was nothing more than a political stunt to make it look like the President’s son was cooperating with the DOJ, “We are controlled by COMMUNISTS!!” Greene tweeted, etc.

Comer put out a statement vowing to continue using his chairmanship on the House Oversight Committee to funnel mostly unfounded and fact-free claims about Hunter Biden and the amorphous Biden Crime Family corruption into the Fox News eco chamber.

This is all, of course, ignoring the fact that the man behind the deal, U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware David Weiss, is a Republican federal prosecutor appointed by then-President Trump in 2018. My colleague Josh Marshall noted here that President Biden left Weiss on as U.S. Attorney in Delaware in order to avoid even a whisper of allegations about interfering in the investigation into his son.

But alas, no one is safe from the influences of the “”””deep state””” and Comer and Jim Jordan are here to do the thing they were born to do called Make Noise About Investigating Any Investigators Whose Investigations Don’t Meet My Political Needs.

We’ll keep you posted on how this plays out.

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