During a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe faced a harsh grilling by Republicans, including Chairman Lindsey Graham, who wasn’t letting McCabe evade his questions.
The hearing is part of the Committee’s probe into the origins of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane counterintelligence investigation into now-debunked allegations Trump’s campaign was in contact with Russia.
Tuesday’s hearing came to a head when McCabe painted a glowing picture of fired FBI agent Peter Strzok. “Senator, my experiences working with Peter Strzok, yes, I believe he was fair in the decisions that he made and the work that he did,” McCabe testified.
Strzok was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team in 2017 and was fired by the bureau in 2018 over his anti-Trump emails and text messages with former FBI Attorney Lisa Page. Still, McCabe insists Strzok wasn’t politically motivated and did good work at the FBI.
“We had conversations on the evening that it was first shown the text messages between Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page and we made the decision to remove him and we reached out to Director Mueller’s team and they agreed with that. That’s my recollection.”
He continued, “The work that I saw Peter do on this case and other cases from that work and the decisions that he made, I did not see any indications of political bias.”
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Hunter Biden Indicted on Federal Gun Charges Amidst Special Counsel Investigation
In a significant development, Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, was indicted on Thursday on federal gun charges as part of Special Counsel David Weiss’ ongoing investigation. The indictment alleges that Hunter Biden made false statements during the purchase of a firearm, among other charges.
The charges against Hunter Biden include:
• Making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm
• Making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer
•Possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance
According to the indictment, the alleged incident occurred on or about October 12, 2018, in the District of Delaware. Hunter Biden is accused of knowingly making a false and fictitious written statement during the acquisition of a Colt Cobra 38SPL Revolver. According to reports from Fox News, the statement, submitted on Form 4473, falsely certified that he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, or controlled substance.
Furthermore, the indictment further states that between October 12, 2018, and October 23, 2018, in the District of Delaware, Hunter Biden knowingly possessed the same firearm despite being an unlawful user of and addicted to controlled substances. This marks the first set of charges brought by Special Counsel David Weiss against Hunter Biden since being granted special counsel status.
The investigation came to public attention when it was reported by Fox News in 2021 that police had responded to an incident in 2018 involving a gun owned by Hunter Biden.
Reports state that, Hallie Biden, the widow of President Biden’s late son, Beau, who was in a relationship with Hunter at the time, discarded the gun. Hunter’s gun was thrown away in a dumpster near a market, located close to a school. It was subsequently revealed that Hunter Biden had purchased a gun earlier that same month.
Hunter Biden’s legal troubles do not end with the gun charges. Earlier in July, an original plea agreement collapsed, which would have seen him plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax counts for willful failure to pay federal income tax, thus avoiding jail time on a felony gun charge. Instead, he pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and one felony gun charge.
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed David Weiss as special counsel to oversee the Hunter Biden investigation and related matters. The White House has declined to comment on these developments, which continue to draw significant public and media attention.
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