(RepublicanWire.org) – Attorney General Merrick Garland defended President Joe Biden on Tuesday, saying the president has not interfered with a federal tax fraud investigation involving his son, Hunter Biden.
At a Senate subcommittee hearing, Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn. pressed Garland about various reports speculating that President Biden “was involved with” his son’s overseas business dealings.
“Do you have any reason to dispute the evidence that indicates that President Biden was involved with and using money from Hunter Biden’s business deals?” asked Hagerty.
“The president has already told his subordinates; clearly, these are people that he can fire at will, that he and his family did nothing wrong. How can the American people be confident that his administration is conducting a serious investigation?” the senator asked.
Garland declined to answer whether he or any senior DOJ official had been briefed on the ongoing probe into Hunter Biden’s business dealings with foreign officials through the years, saying the U.S. attorney for the District of Delaware — a Trump-era appointee — was handling the investigation “unsupervised.”
Garland also said a special counsel wouldn’t be needed for the investigation.
“There will not be interference of any political or improper kind,” Garland said during his sworn testimony.
Later on, Hagerty asked Garland, “Would it be appropriate for the president to call you into the Oval Office and tell you that his son didn’t break the law regarding this matter?”
To which, Garland sternly answered, “Absolutely not! … The president has not done that. The president has committed not to interfere, not only in that investigation but any kind of “
Hagerty then reportedly cut Garland off to highlight recent instances in which the president’s advisers defended Hunter Biden publicly.
White House chief of staff Ron Klain appeared on ABC’s “This Week” program just two days after a federal grand jury reportedly heard testimony about Hunter Biden’s cash flow, while serving on the board of Ukraine energy company Burisma. Klain said: “Of course the president’s confident that his son didn’t break the law.”
Also, White House press secretary Jen Psaki dodged a media question Monday, inquiring about a New York Post report of a Hunter Biden business associate Eric Schwerin, the former president of Hunter Biden’s investment firm Rosemont Seneca, visiting the White House 19 separate times from 2009-13.
The potential relevance here: President Biden has previously stated he has “never spoken” to Hunter Biden, or any of his financial partners, about outside business deals.
Later in the Senate hearing, Hagerty asked Garland whether Americans “can be confident that this administration is conducting a serious investigation.”
Garland answered in the affirmative, adding, “Because you have me as the attorney general, who is committed to the independence of the Justice Department from any influence from the White House in criminal matters.”