The Senate confirmation hearing for President Biden’s attorney general nominee Merrick Garland has not yet been scheduled, but already Republicans are vowing to hold Garland’s feet the fire when it comes to one of the most controversial investigations in the Department of Justice: The one involving the president’s son, Hunter Biden.
The younger Biden’s investigatory woes came to light after the election (because of course they did), and now there is deep concern among Republicans that Biden’s DOJ nominees will feel pressured to go easy on the president’s son.
“Americans deserve to know that this investigation will not be hampered in any way by the change in administrations, and the attorney general nominee should make this point clear,” said a spokesman for Senate Judiciary Committee member Chuck Grassley (R-IA). “So yes, you can expect that Sen. Grassley will be asking about his role in this investigation.”
A spokesman for Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) also told Fox News that Garland would be questioned about the matter.
“It is very likely the topic is raised,” he said.
In remarks to the press last month, Jen Psaki – now the White House press secretary – said that Biden would not be discussing his son’s legal entanglements with his AG nominee.
“He will not be discussing it with anyone he is considering for the role and he will not be discussing it with a future attorney general,” Psaki said. “It will be up to the purview of a future attorney general in his administration to determine how to handle any investigation.”
In order to fend off scrutiny over his conflict-of-interest in this case and others, Biden has been having his appointees sign a special pledge to keep their noses clean of Justice Department business.
“I recognize that this pledge is part of a broader ethics in government plan designed to restore and maintain public trust in government, and I commit myself to conduct consistent with that plan,” the pledge reads. “I commit to conduct that upholds the independence of law enforcement and precludes improper interference with investigative or prosecutorial decisions of the Department of Justice. I commit to ethical choices of post-Government employment that do not raise the appearance that I have used my Government service for private gain.”
We’re certain that, as far as the media is concerned, this settles the matter.
Then again, when the subject is Hunter Biden, the media is only interested when there are bagels involved.