U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is now arguing that a special counsel ought to be appointed in the wake of Hunter Biden's botched plea deal with federal prosecutors.
Graham made the argument on Thursday during an appearance on the Fox News Channel's Hannity.
In case you missed it, this past week Hunter Biden's "sweetheart" plea deal with federal prosecutors fell apart.
Hunter Biden intended to plead guilty to two lesser misdemeanor tax and gun charges in order to avoid jail time. But, in court, things went south when the judge began asking questions about the arrangement.
A big sticking point was regarding whether Hunter Biden's guilty plea immunized him from future prosecution. It appears that there was some disagreement or misunderstanding about this between the two sides.
For now, the judge has delayed ruling on whether or not she will accept the plea deal. In the meantime, the manner in which the plea deal fell apart has renewed questions about the federal government's investigation of Hunter Biden, particularly questions about whether Hunter Biden has received preferential treatment because his father is the president of the United States.
It is to investigate such questions as this that Sen. Graham is calling for a special counsel to be appointed, one who could replace U.S. Attorney David Weiss, the man who has ostensibly been leading the investigation into Hunter Biden.
Graham told Fox host Sean Hannity:
You know, I’ve been a lawyer most of my life. I love the law. I love politics. But here’s what I can tell you: there is no way to repair the damage done from this plea deal. We need a new set of eyes on the Hunter Biden case. The Weiss team is disqualified. Everything the whistleblower said about this unfair process has been proven true by the plea deal.
Graham, here, was referring to whistleblower testimony alleging that Hunter Biden has indeed been receiving preferential treatment from the federal government.
Graham went on to highlight the alleged disparity.
"Nobody in your audience would get a deal like this,” Graham told Hannity. “Nobody in America would get a deal like this."
To address this problem, Graham next called for a special counsel.
"So, here’s what I’m calling for: for the Weiss team to be replaced by a special counsel," Graham said.
He added, "There is no way in hell I trust the Weiss team to fairly administer justice, given this plea deal and all the things they’ve done."