Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, confirmed last week that he is under investigation by federal authorities. Joe Biden, who was declared the winner of the electoral college last week, has said that he won’t get involved, but some remain skeptical.
However, Biden spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Sunday that Biden “will not be discussing an investigation of his son with any attorney general candidates,” The Hill reported. Psaki has been selected to serve as White House press secretary in a Biden administration.
DOJ will stay independent, Biden team says
Psaki told Fox News personality Chris Wallace that Biden “will not be discussing it with anyone he is considering for the role and he will not be discussing it with a future attorney general.”
“It will be up to the purview of an attorney general in his administration to determine how to handle any investigation,” Psaki went on. “As you know, U.S. attorneys, that’s a personnel decision, we’re far from there at this point in the process.”
While Psaki acknowledged that that are “a few more” candidates to consider, she stressed that “we’re going to allow the process to work how it should, which is for a Justice Department to be run independently by the attorney general at the top.”
Those words echo comments that Biden himself made to CNN’s Jake Tapper. According to The Hill, he told Tapper that “[o]ur Justice Department is going to operate independently on those issues, how to respond to any of that. I am not going to be telling them what they have to do and don’t have to do.”
Trump considering special counsel
Yet despite Biden’s professed impartiality, it seems that President Donald Trump isn’t convinced, and he may take steps of his own to see that justice is done.
The Wall Street Journal reported on December 12 that Trump is considering whether to request that a special counsel be appointed to continue looking into potential wrongdoing, should his election challenges fail and he leaves office in January.
Hunter Biden acknowledged that he was facing federal scrutiny on December 9 via a statement posted to the Biden-Harris’ transition team’s website.
“I learned yesterday for the first time that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware advised my legal counsel, also yesterday, that they are investigating my tax affairs,” he said.
“I take this matter very seriously but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisors.”
Those remarks were followed by a statement from the transition team that read, “President-elect Biden is deeply proud of his son, who has fought through difficult challenges, including the vicious personal attacks of recent months, only to emerge stronger.”