According to new testimony, the idea that a California prosecutor stopped former U.S. Attorney David Weiss from prosecuting Hunter Biden is simply not true.
The testimony comes from this California prosecutor, namely, U.S. Attorney Martin Estrada of California's central district.
The Washington Examiner reports that Estrada provided testimony to the House Judiciary Committee this week.
Per the Examiner:
Estrada detailed his interactions with Weiss's office to the House Judiciary Committee this week and addressed allegations first made by two Internal Revenue Service whistleblowers this spring that Estrada may have prevented Weiss from charging Hunter Biden in his jurisdiction.
Estrada told the committee that it is true that he refused to partner with Weiss in prosecuting Hunter Biden. Weiss, at the time, was pursuing Biden on criminal tax charges.
But, Estrada also told the committee that, as far as he knew, his decision not to team up with Weiss would not have been enough to derail Weiss's attempt to prosecute Hunter Biden, as has been claimed.
CBS News quotes Estrada as telling the committee, "My understanding was that Mr. Weiss had been doing this investigation for several years, was leading the investigation, and would bring charges if he believed they were appropriate."
Estrada emphasized, "My understanding was that [Weiss] could bring charges in my district. My understanding was that, if he wanted to bring those charges in my district, he could bring those charges in my district."
The Examiner reports that Estrada is now the second U.S. attorney to contradict the claim that Weiss's fellow U.S. attornies stopped him from pursuing Hunter Biden in their states by refusing to partner with Weiss.
The other U.S. attorney to do so is Matthew Graves of Washington, D.C. Graves has also provided testimony to the committee, and his testimony is very similar to that of Estrada.
The Washington Times reports:
U.S. Attorney Matthew Graves, who was a former Biden campaign advisor, told House investigators earlier this month that Mr. Weiss could have charged Hunter Biden in Washington with tax fraud and would have received only administrative help from his office to do so.
The claim has been that both Graves and Estrada helped to shield Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden's son, from prosecution.
Both, however, now insist that they had no power to prevent Hunter Biden from being prosecuted by Weiss in their states. If true, the question, once again, becomes why Weiss did not pursue Hunter Biden in those states.
The situation has clearly turned into a blame game. But, what is certain is that there is blame to be placed because there was wrongdoing.