WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden’s candidate for attorney general Merrick Garland told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday that he had not discussed an ongoing federal investigation into the president’s son Hunter Biden.
âI didn’t do it,â Garland said. âThe President made it clear in every public statement before and after my appointment that decisions regarding investigations and prosecutions would be left to the Department of Justice. “
Hunter Biden announced in December that the US lawyer from Delaware was investigate his taxes. Republicans have questioned his trade relations in Ukraine and China, but the president has backed his son.
Before leaving in December, Attorney General William Barr resisted calls from former President Donald Trump to appoint a special prosecutor in the Hunter Biden case.
Barr said the investigation was being conducted “in a responsible and professional manner” by federal prosecutors in Delaware.
While all federal prosecutors appointed by the president are expected to tender their resignations on transitions to new administrations, the Biden administration has said the Trump-appointed US attorney leading the Hunter Biden and Durham investigation will stay on to complete their job.
“These are decisions that were taken in order to keep (Biden’s) promise to maintain independence and to ensure that he sends this message and all actions taken,” the press secretary said. White House Jen Psaki this month.