With controversy surrounding his son’s business dealings continuing to explode, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is doing his best to maintain his composure.
Even as he continues to snap at news reporters who dare ask about Hunter Biden, the vexed former vice president pledged that he will not discuss the scandal with his attorney general candidates, an aide says.
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The controversy blew up before the election when The New York Post published bombshell e-mails about Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings, and it developed further when Hunter revealed this December that he was under criminal investigation for tax fraud.
As the scandal continues to shadow Biden weeks before his putative inauguration, speculation has built up about the fate of the investigation.
Biden aide Jen Psaki suggested that Joe is not talking to his possible candidates for attorney general about the issue any more than he is willing to engage the public, telling Fox News’s Chris Wallace Sunday that Biden wants the “Justice Department to be run independently by the attorney general at the top.”
Biden said Tuesday that he would not pressure his AG, in an obvious effort to strike a contrast with Trump, who liberals have accused of turning the Justice Department to personal ends through Bill Barr.
“No, no, I guarantee you I’m going to do what I said,” Biden said. “The attorney general of the United States of America is not the president’s lawyer. I will appoint someone I expect to enforce the law as the law is written, not guided by me.”
Flashes of anger from Biden as scandal lingers
Barr, who is leaving office, has in fact provoked Trump’s anger for not bringing up the Hunter investigation sooner; Barr has said that he does not support appointing a Special Counsel either to keep the investigation going.
The probe reportedly touches on Hunter’s international dealings. Prior to the election, e-mails from Hunter’s purported laptop, and the testimony of a former Hunter associate in October, Tony Bobulinski, implicated then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in being directly involved with his son’s interests in Ukraine and China and hinted at potential conflicts of interest.
The former vice president has denied any such involvement, and despite his promises, his comments on the lingering scandal evoke clear frustration with even the slightest public scrutiny.
Joe made the bizarre comment to Stephen Colbert last week that accusations against his son are “foul play,” and on Tuesday, he doubled down on the “Russian disinformation” line that he and allies used to dismiss the scandal before Election Day after a journalist broached the topic.
“Yes, yes, yes. God love you, man. You are a one horse pony, I tell you,” Biden snapped.