A top aide for Joe Biden said the president-elect would not discuss the investigation of his son Hunter with any of his candidates for attorney general, even after one takes office.
Jen Psaki, picked by Biden to serve as his press secretary, also declined on Sunday to say whether the incoming president would keep the U.S. attorney known to be investigating the younger Biden.
She was asked by Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday about whether David Weiss, the U.S. attorney for Delaware known to be investigating at least Hunter Biden’s taxes, would be allowed to finish the job, and about what Biden thinks about President Trump considering appointing a special counsel to look into Biden’s son.
“He will not be discussing an investigation of his son with any attorney general candidates, 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. It will be up to the purview of a future attorney general in his administration to determine how to handle any investigation,” Psaki said. “As you know, U.S. attorneys are — that’s a personnel decision. We’re far from there in the process, given we haven’t announced an attorney general. … But we’re going to allow the process to work how it should, which is for the Justice Department to be run independently by the attorney general at the top.”
Hunter Biden has been under criminal investigation stretching as far back as 2018 as federal authorities scrutinize his taxes and foreign business dealings, and while the full scope of the federal inquiries have not been made public, the 50-year-old’s financial transactions with China are likely at the forefront. President-elect Biden’s campaign, along with many in the media, had dismissed the Hunter laptop story and other allegations as being part of a Russian disinformation operation, even though Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said he had not seen “intelligence that supports that … Hunter Biden’s laptop is part of some Russian disinformation campaign.”
Last week, Biden was talked about the investigation into his son during an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, who asked the former vice president what he will do about people “who want to make hay” and would “use your adult son as a cudgel against you.”
“I have — we have — great confidence in our son,” Biden replied, adding, “I’m not concerned about any accusations that have been made against him.” Biden claimed that “it’s used to get to me” and “I think it’s kind of foul play.” He also said that Hunter is “a grown man” and “the smartest man I know — I mean in terms of pure intellectual capacity — and as long as he’s good, we’re good.”
Biden said his willingness to reach across the aisle should not be taken to mean he wasn’t angry about how he thought his son was being mistreated. “Don’t get me wrong, doesn’t mean I’m not angry — doesn’t mean I wasn’t angry, and it doesn’t mean if I were back in the days in high school I wouldn’t say ‘come here’ you know, and go a round,” he said.
Wallace asked Psaki about that interview on Sunday, pressing the Biden aide on whether the future president believes the investigation into his son is legitimate.
“There will be — he is working and thinking now — no decision has been made about who he is going to nominate to be the attorney general,” Psaki said. “He’s been emphatic that that person will oversee an independent department. He’s looking for someone of the highest level of integrity. And that person, whomever it is, will be overseeing whatever investigations are happening at the Department of Justice.”
Key contenders for the attorney general position appear to be outgoing Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama and D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Merrick Garland, according to numerous reports, although New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates have also been mentioned as possible picks.
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