As the Hunter Biden probe heats up, Republicans in the Senate are demanding “special counsel protections” for the prosecutor investigating the alleged wrongdoings of President Joe Biden’s son.
The group of more than 30 senators includes Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). In a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, the senators wrote that the move is warranted because the criminal investigation involves the president’s son.
The Sept. 19, 2022, letter comes as “highly credible” whistleblowers are coming forward and sources are revealing the Biden investigation has reached a “critical stage,” with officials weighing charges for tax violations, possible foreign lobbying violations and other unlawful behavior.
“As you know, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware led by U.S. Attorney (David) Weiss has been investigating Hunter Biden,” the Senators wrote. “There is no way of knowing the entire scope of the investigation, but evidence seems to be mounting that Hunter Biden committed numerous federal crimes, including, but not limited to, tax fraud, money laundering, and foreign lobbying violations.”
Weiss was appointed under the administration of former President Donald J. Trump; however, the Biden administration asked Weiss to stay in his role to avoid the appearance of political interference.
Saying the DOJ has become politized under Garland, the letter stresses it is imperative to have the protections to avoid the appearance of impropriety.
“Given the politicization of the DOJ under your watch and the importance of avoiding any appearance of impropriety, the undersigned request that you provide U.S. Attorney Weiss the full protections and authorities of a special counsel,” the letter said. “This is one important action that you can take that will go a long way to restoring faith in our governmental institutions.”
Considering FBI agents wrongly labeling accurate information in the investigation as “false,” Former AG Bill Barr back-peddled on his stance against a special counsel.
“I think, probably, it’s time for Merrick Garland to give the current U.S. attorney in Delaware the protections and the authority of the special counsel under the department’s regulations,” Barr said.
At a Senate hearing earlier this year, Garland defended the DOJ’s handing of the Biden investigation.
“The investigation is being run and supervised by the United States attorney in Delaware who is an appointee of the previous administration, and continues on as the United States attorney,” he said under questioning by Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN).