“Optics” Drove Decision Not to Execute Biden Search Warrant 

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In November, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) subpoenaed Assistant U.S. Attorney Lesley Wolf of Delaware to a December 7 deposition before the House Judiciary Committee. Wolf had authority over the Department of Justice’s Huner Biden investigation, but the DOJ had not complied with allowing her to meet with the Committee before the subpoena was finally issued. While the COJ allowed six employees to be interviewed, Wolf was notably not one of them. 

Jordan highlighted several accusations against Wolf concerning the Hunter Biden case. Among these allegations is the claim that she prevented federal investigators from interviewing witnesses about President Joe Biden.  

Jordan also noted that whistleblower testimony indicated Wolf’s regular attendance at most prosecution team meetings related to the Hunter Biden investigation. 

Republicans have engaged with other witnesses, including special counsel David Weiss, who now serves as the lead prosecutor in the case. Wolf had a direct role under Weiss in matters related to Hunter Biden until she was removed from the case around May or June of this year. That removal coincided with the testimony of IRS whistleblowers who named her as playing a role in obstructing Hunter’s IRS case. 

In the subpoena, Jordan highlighted many concerns that Wolf directly or indirectly deviated from the DOJ’s standard investigation procedures. Jordan alleges that Wolf gave Hunter Biden’s lawyers advance notice about a potential search warrant of Hunter’s storage unit, prevented investigators from pursuing a lead related to criminal campaign finances violation, and removed President Joe Biden’s name from a search warrant, 

In an email sent to investigators in August 2020, Wolf mentioned that a portion of a drafted warrant, which has not been publicly disclosed, required revision because it referenced Joe Biden. “I am not sure what this is cut and pasted from, but other than the attribution, location, and identity stuff at the end, none of it is appropriate and within the scope of this warrant,” her email read. She directed investigators to remove any references to Political Figure 1 (President Joe Biden). 

Her appearance will follow Tuesday’s closed-door testimony of IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler before the House Ways and Means Committee. Shapley, who led the Hunter Biden IRS probe, and 13-year Criminal Investigation Division veteran Ziegler will testify on information protected by IRS Section 6103, tax return confidentiality. 

Ziegler has testified that Hunter Biden should have faced a tax felony charge rather than a misdemeanor. Additionally, he suggested that the communications and text messages scrutinized by investigators might contradict President Biden’s repeated denials of any involvement in Hunter’s overseas business dealings. 

Ziegler remarked that the prosecutors, including Wolf, deliberately slowed the investigation and implemented unnecessary obstacles that hindered an effective and efficient inquiry. Ziegler pointed out that Assistant U.S. Attorney Lesley Wolf and DOJ-Tax Attorney Mark Daly provided advance notice to Hunter Biden’s attorneys about his storage unit, creating the risk of potential evidence being destroyed or concealed. Furthermore, Ziegler noted that he was barred from interviewing Hunter Biden’s adult children and other members of the Biden family. 

In the past, Shapley outlined his concerns that decisions made at every probe stage were designed to benefit Hunter and his father. In particular, Shapley alleges that Wolf deliberately blocked investigators’ questions about President Biden throughout the extended federal investigation into Hunter Biden. Claiming that there was “no specific criminality to that line of questioning,” Wolf specifically limited questions about Biden’s designation as “the big guy” or “dad.” 

Despite acknowledging probable cause to execute a search warrant of Hunter’s residence, Wolf refused to allow one to be issued. Wolf agreed that there were likely mountains of evidence related to the investigation in President Biden’s guest house but asserted that the request for a search warrant “would never be approved.” 

Additionally, Wolf admitted to Shapley that “optics were a driving factor in the decision” not to execute the search warrant.  

Wolf was also privy to October 2020’s FD-1023 document that supported claims that Burisma paid Hunter and Joe Biden $5 million each to influence U.S. foreign policy. However, she neglected to share these findings with fellow investigators or anyone else at the DOJ. 

Morality and integrity are no longer an option for the beleaguered Wolf. It’s hard to imagine what Wolf’s defense strategy will be, but it’s guaranteed to be a delicate balance between perjury and self-survival.