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DOJ prosecutors that wouldn’t charge Hunter Biden donated to Biden, Harris campaigns

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When U.S. Attorney David Weiss requested he U.S. Attorney in the Central District of California and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia to each bring tax charges against Hunter Biden, his requests were rejected. IRS Whistleblower Gary Shapley testified that the rejections came from Biden-appointed U.S. Attorney for D.C. Matthew Graves and Biden-appointed U.S Attorney for the Central District of California E. Martin Estrada.

Weiss requested special counsel authority after each request was rejected, only to be denied yet again by Attorney General Merrick Garland, according to Shapley. Even the New York Times confirmed the DOJ Prosecutor was blocked from bringing charges against Hunter Biden.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reports that the two prosecutors who rejected Weiss’ requests, had both donated to Joe Biden’s campaign, and the other to then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ Democratic primary campaign:

When Graves was working at DLA Piper, he donated to Joe Biden’s presidential campaign on two separate occasions, FEC records show. Graves gave Biden for President $500 in April 2020 and $1,000 in May 2020 during the Democratic presidential primary. Prior to his work at DLA Piper, Graves worked in the Fraud and Corruption unit in the U.S. Attorney’s office and was promoted to Acting Chief of the division in 2015.

Estrada worked in the private sector as a partner for the Los Angeles-based law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP. The firm’s website says “diversity, equity and inclusion” has been a “cornerstone of our firm” since its founding in 1962. Law360 ranked Munger Tolles & Olson in seventh place for its “high percentage of equity partners of color,” and the firm got a perfect score from LGBTQ activist organization Human Rights Campaign’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index.

In 2015, Estrada donated $500 to then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ Democratic primary campaign for the state’s open Senate seat, FEC records show. Harris served in the Senate from 2017-21, when she was sworn in as Vice President.

Estrada previously served on the board of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, a left-wing legal organization devoted to “fighting for justice, equity, and hope for people living in poverty throughout Greater Los Angeles,” its 2020 annual report reads. He was also a board member of the Alliance for Children’s Rights, an advocacy group for foster children that came out against Texas’ ban on transgender medical procedures for minors in February.

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BREAKING: Hunter Biden Found Guilty on All Three Felony Charges

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Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, was found guilty on all three felony charges on Tuesday. After a six-day trial, a jury concluded that the first son lied on a federal gun-purchase background-check form by falsely claiming he was not a drug addict. The jury deliberated for three hours, starting Monday afternoon following the conclusion of closing arguments.

Hunter Biden was convicted on two charges for lying about his crack-cocaine addiction on federal gun paperwork when he purchased a Colt Cobra revolver on October 12, 2018. Additionally, he was found guilty of a third charge for possessing the firearm while addicted to crack cocaine.

According to National Review, the criminal trial exposed deep rifts within the Biden family. Hunter’s ex-wife, Kathleen Buhle, and his deceased brother Beau Biden’s widow, Hallie Biden, testified against him. This created an emotional divide within the family, especially when Naomi Biden, the eldest daughter of Buhle and Hunter, testified for the defense, pitting mother against daughter.

Federal prosecutors Derek Hines and Leo Wise led the case against Hunter Biden as part of special counsel David Weiss’s legal team. Throughout the trial, Weiss was present in the courtroom, often seen conversing and eating chocolates during breaks.

Prosecutors presented what they described as “overwhelming evidence” of Hunter Biden’s drug addiction at the time he completed the gun purchase. This evidence included witness testimony, text messages, videos, images, bank records, and excerpts from Hunter’s memoir. Key testimonies from Hallie Biden, gun salesman Gordon Cleveland, and ex-girlfriend Zoe Kestan were crucial in establishing Hunter Biden’s pattern of drug use and his decision to lie about his addiction.

Defense attorney Abbe Lowell argued that Hunter Biden’s behavior had improved around the time of the gun purchase, asserting that he did not “knowingly” lie on the federal paperwork. However, the testimonies of Kestan and Cleveland, along with Hunter Biden’s own admissions of drug use in texts and memoir excerpts, posed significant challenges to the defense’s narrative.

Throughout the trial, Lowell conducted extensive cross-examinations of the prosecution’s witnesses and disputed the context of the evidence presented. However, Leo Wise’s cross-examination of Naomi Biden, where he scrutinized her text messages with her father from October 2018, proved to be a pivotal moment, undermining her defense testimony.

Before the verdict, President Biden stated he would respect the jury’s decision and would not pardon his son if convicted. At the trial’s onset, President Biden issued a statement expressing pride in his son’s efforts to overcome his drug addiction.

Hunter Biden is scheduled to face another trial in September on nine federal tax charges related to his alleged failure to pay over $1.4 million in taxes over four years.

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