On Wednesday, lawyers for IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley released his personal handwritten notes from an important meeting with U.S. Attorney David Weiss which took place in October of 2022.
Shapley testified to Congress that Weiss had admitted during the meeting that he did not have the authority to decide whether charges should be filed against Hunter Biden.
However, Senior FBI agent Thomas Sobocinski has disputed Shapley’s testimony by saying that he did not recall Weiss making this statement.
Importantly, Sobocinski did not document the meeting with notes or emails, while Shapely did.
“Weiss stated — He is not the deciding person,” Shapely wrote in notes taking during the Oct. 7 meeting.
The handwritten notes also corroborate another key allegation: that Weiss was unable to bring charges in other jurisdictions without receiving external authorization, despite Attorney General Merrick Garland asserting that Weiss had the ultimate authority to bring any charges against Hunter in any jurisdiction.
“USA CA — [Martin] Estrada in charge of authorizing these charges in that jurisdiction,” Shapley noted. “Weiss requested Special Counsel status in D.C. + Main DOJ said ‘no’ — follow the process.”
The New York Times independently corroborated that Estrada, a Biden nominee, had blocked Weiss from bringing charges against Hunter in the Central District of California.
Furthermore, Weiss’s decision to vacate charges against Hunter in Delaware – with the intention of refiling them in at least one other jurisdiction – indicates that he did not possess unilateral charging power, as Shapley claimed.
This is supported by Shapley’s handwritten notes and an email he sent to his IRS supervisor on October 7th 2022 which was released by the House Ways and Means Committee; this email serves as a transcription of these notes.
D.C. IRS Special Agent in Charge Darrell Waldon, the supervisor, attended the Oct. 7 meeting and informed Shapley that his notes “covered it all”. House investigators have interviewed Waldon, with reports indicating that his testimony could be released this week.