Ahead of President Joe Biden’s inauguration, his son Hunter confirmed he was the subject of a federal investigation, leading to speculation regarding whether that probe would continue under the new administration.
According to unnamed sources said to be “familiar” with the investigation, however, the case against Hunter Biden remains “active and ongoing” and has not faced interference from the Biden White House.
“Treating it seriously”
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware is the headquarters for the Hunter Biden probe, and those investigators assigned to the case are “treating it seriously,” sources say.
As the insiders noted, the office had not been contacted by either the White House or Merrick Garland, Joe Biden’s nominee to become attorney general.
U.S. Attorney David Weiss, who heads the Delaware office, was reportedly asked by the Biden administration to remain in the position even as most other U.S. attorneys were asked to resign upon President Biden entering office, however.
For his part, Garland faced questions related to the matter during his recent Senate confirmation hearing.
He insisted that the incoming president had made it “abundantly clear” that he would not interfere in any Justice Department probes and would leave all decisions up to federal prosecutors.
Garland also said that, as far as he had been briefed on the matter prior to being cleared for confirmation, the Hunter Biden investigation was “proceeding discreetly.”
In a December statement released through his father’s campaign, the younger Biden acknowledged that his “tax affairs” were at the center of the federal probe. Nevertheless, he expressed confidence that his finances had been handled “legally and appropriately” and that an investigation would clear his name.
The investigation was reportedly launched in 2018, at which time it was focused, at least in part, on allegations of money laundering and other tax crimes.
Information subsequently leaked to the media from a discarded laptop believed to have belonged to Hunter Biden is also being considered in the probe, according to the New York Post.
While there are still plenty of concerns among critics that the current White House will seek to interfere or shut down the investigation, the latest updates indicate that it has not happened yet.