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Hunter Biden investigation: Republicans subpoena top Delaware prosecutor Lesley Wolf

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Hunter Biden. (AP Photos)

Hunter Biden investigation: Republicans subpoena top Delaware prosecutor Lesley Wolf

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) subpoenaed a prosecutor on Tuesday who had a high level of authority over the Department of Justice’s investigation into Hunter Biden, saying the committee needed her testimony for its oversight of the probe.

The subpoena, reviewed by the Washington Examiner, requires Assistant U.S. Attorney Lesley Wolf of Delaware to appear for a deposition before the committee on Dec. 7.


Jordan said in a letter to Wolf that resorting to a subpoena was necessary because the DOJ has thus far declined to allow her to meet with him and the department’s reasoning for the refusal has been “unpersuasive.”

The chairman cited allegations that Wolf prohibited investigators from questioning witnesses in the Hunter Biden case about President Joe Biden. Republicans are conducting an impeachment inquiry into whether Joe Biden abused his power when he was vice president to help his son and other family members profit off of overseas business ventures.

The DOJ has resisted allowing some of its employees, especially those not in senior positions, to testify before the committee about Hunter Biden because the department maintains that it does not discuss nonpublic information about open cases.

The DOJ did not respond to a request for comment.

Jordan and two other committee chairmen, Reps. James Comer (R-KY) and Jason Smith (R-MO), have long had their sights set on roughly a dozen key figures involved with the DOJ’s case against Hunter Biden. They compiled the list of Biden administration witnesses based on allegations from two Internal Revenue Service whistleblowers who said that government officials, including Wolf, interfered with the case.

The Republicans have met with several of the witnesses now, including, most recently, special counsel David Weiss, the lead prosecutor in the case. Wolf worked directly under Weiss on Hunter Biden matters until she was removed from the case in May or June of this year, according to a third IRS official.

Wolf’s departure from the case appeared to coincide with the IRS whistleblowers’ disclosure of allegations against her to Congress.

In his letter Tuesday, Jordan referenced testimony from the IRS officials and other witnesses who worked on the case that confirmed Wolf was closely involved, made numerous approval decisions, and attended pivotal meetings.

“Information available to the Committee suggests that you — either directly or by instructing others — are responsible for many of the decisions to deviate from standard investigative protocol during the Department’s investigation of Hunter Biden,” Jordan wrote.


Jordan also cited allegations that Wolf at one point gave Hunter Biden’s lawyers a heads-up about a possible search warrant, that she removed a reference to Joe Biden from a search warrant, and that she prohibited investigators from following a campaign finance lead.

“Given your central role in the Department’s investigation of Hunter Biden, you are uniquely situated to advance not only the Committee’s oversight and inform potential legislative reforms … but also the Committee’s impeachment inquiry,” Jordan wrote.

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