Democrats and their media allies have studiously downplayed or ignored the allegations of criminal wrongdoing against Hunter Biden but Republicans, recalling the intense scrutiny of former President Donald Trump’s adult children, are not so willing to let the matter go unaddressed.
Now, almost 100 House Republicans have signed on to a letter demanding that Attorney General Merrick Garland appoint a special counsel to take over the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation of President Joe Biden’s adult son, the Washington Examiner reported.
Hunter Biden has previously acknowledged being subject to a criminal probe by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware, and multiple reports have indicated that the investigation is looking into allegations of tax code violations, potential money laundering, and failure to properly register as a lobbyist on behalf of foreign governments and interests.
Conflict of interest
Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC), joined by 94 other House Republicans, sent a letter Friday to Attorney General Garland that outlined just a few of the major allegations lodged against Hunter Biden and ultimately called for the appointment of a special counsel to oversee the federal probe of the president’s son.
“It appears that Hunter Biden used his position as son of then-Vice President Biden to gain wealth and influence in foreign countries, using questionably sourced money to pay tax liabilities, and lobbying on behalf of foreign entities without proceeding through the proper channels,” the lawmakers wrote.
“We are concerned that in the case of Hunter Biden the Department has an actual conflict of interest and certainly has the appearance of a conflict of interest that could prevent a fair and impartial investigation of his activities,” the letter continued. “You were nominated to your position by Hunter Biden’s father and ultimately work for him.”
“Same standard applies here”
The letter to AG Garland from the House GOP members went on to mention the intense and incessant scrutiny of former President Trump and his family and highlighted how Special Counsel Robert Mueller had been appointed to fully investigate what eventually turned out — and what many on the right immediately recognized — to be “a salacious and unverified political smear campaign.”
“It was argued then that a Special Counsel was necessary because the Department could not be seen to impartially investigate the sitting President. This same standard applies here,” the lawmakers advised.
After pointing out the regulatory authority Garland had in this particular matter, the group of House Republicans said, “We believe that in the case of Hunter Biden a Special Counsel must be appointed to preserve the integrity of this investigation and any subsequent prosecution. A Special Counsel would also ensure there is no bias in the investigation or undue influence from the White House.”
Interestingly, White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked during a press briefing last week, prior to this letter from congressional Republicans, if President Biden would support an appointment of a special counsel to oversee the federal probe of his son’s alleged criminal wrongdoing, if only to “ensure the independence of the investigation.”
Psaki insisted in reply that the president had “never had a conversation” with anybody at the Justice Department about investigations of his family members and proceeded to instruct reporters to address any further questions on the matter to the DOJ.
When pressed on the fact that members of the Biden White House, such as Chief of Staff Ron Klain, had publicly professed Hunter’s innocence and how such assertions might hamper or shade a DOJ investigation, Psaki again demurred and said reiterated the talking point that “the Justice Department is independent and they will make their own decisions.”