The Hunter Biden case is an sudden profession flip for David C. Weiss, a tricky, workmanlike prosecutor and business lawyer whose cussed competitiveness earned him a popularity as a tough man to strike out in native softball leagues.
Appointed by President Donald J. Trump, the low-key U.S. lawyer for Delaware was held over in his job by the Biden administration to protect the Justice Division from accusations of political meddling.
Mr. Weiss grew up within the Philadelphia suburbs, attending Cheltenham Excessive Faculty, whose graduates embrace Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, the Corridor of Fame slugger Reggie Jackson and the conservative commentator Mark Levin.
He graduated from Washington College in St. Louis. After finishing regulation college at Widener College in Wilmington, Del., he labored two lengthy stints as a prosecutor within the Delaware U.S. lawyer’s workplace on an array of instances. These included an investigation of a businessman who pleaded responsible to marketing campaign finance violations after illegally bundling contributions for President Biden’s failed 2008 bid for the White Home.
Mr. Weiss, graying and bespectacled now, as soon as bore a putting resemblance to the singer Tony Orlando. In early 2018, when his colleagues celebrated him after his unanimous affirmation by the Senate, they did so in opposition to the backdrop of an previous, blown-up picture from the Seventies of Mr. Weiss with lengthy, center-parted hair.
He has been, till now, a noncontroversial determine, incomes the help of each of Delaware’s Democratic senators when Mr. Trump, now a critic, nominated him in late 2017.
“David is a profession prosecutor and devoted public servant, longtime Delawarean and valued member of our regulation enforcement neighborhood,” Senator Chris Coons mentioned in an announcement on the time, in keeping with The Information Journal.
In asserting his nomination, Mr. Trump mentioned in an announcement that Mr. Weiss would “share the president’s imaginative and prescient for ‘Making America Secure Once more.’”
Individuals who know Mr. Weiss mentioned that the Biden case, the best-known investigation he has overseen, is just not what he believes will outline his legacy.
Within the late Nineteen Nineties, whereas in non-public apply, Mr. Weiss started wanting into the disappearance of Anne Marie Fahey, a secretary for Delaware’s governor — prodding his mates within the U.S. lawyer’s workplace to affix the native investigation, on the behest of Ms. Fahey’s household.
The path ultimately led to Thomas Capano, a former boyfriend of Ms. Fahey’s and a well-connected former Delaware deputy lawyer basic. He was convicted of murdering Ms. Fahey after their relationship ended after which dumping her physique into the ocean.
“He would let you know that was his most necessary case,” mentioned Thomas W. Ostrander, a lawyer who labored with Mr. Weiss for Ms. Fahey’s household. “We had been in common contact with them daily, for months and months, and David guided them by way of the whole lot, as a result of he was such an skilled trial lawyer and knew the pitfalls and challenges of placing collectively such a posh case.”