During a Wednesday hearing with Attorney General Merrick Garland, Senator Charles Grassley stated that over a dozen “whistleblowers” had given the FBI information that could be considered criminal regarding Hunter Biden.
Merrick Garland currently serves as the United States attorney general, having been nominated by President Joe Biden and confirmed by the Senate in March 2021.
The Republican senator who was questioning Garland at his first Capitol Hill appearance this year, urged the Justice Department to investigate the president’s son. Hunter Biden had previously been the subject of a federal investigation related to tax issues and a possible false statement made while purchasing a firearm.
Grassley said, “Recent lawfully protected whistleblower disclosures to my office indicate that the Justice Department and FBI had at one time over a dozen sources that provided potentially criminal information relating to Hunter Biden.”
Grassley then asked Garland, “What steps has the Justice Department taken to determine the truth and accuracy of the information provided? Congress and the American people have a right to know.”
Garland, who’s almost 90, said “I have pledged not to interfere with that investigation.”
Hunter Biden was a topic of discussion among multiple senators. During the hearing, which lasted several hours, Attorney General Merrick Garland faced tough questioning from Republican lawmakers who accused him of bias. Garland faced criticism for his handling of such probes.
In 2016, Garland was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as an associate justice of the Supreme Court, but his nomination was not considered by the Republican-controlled Senate.
The DailyMail transcribed the exchange:
‘I promised to leave the matter of Hunter Biden in the hands of US Attorney for Delaware,’ Garland told Grassley.
Grassley asked Garland flat-out whether Weiss had ‘sought permission of another US Attorney’s Office, such as in the District of Columbia or California, to bring charges?’ and whether or not it was denied.
‘I don’t know the answer to that,’ Garland told him.
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz also brought up the Hunter Biden investigation, in an angry question period where he accused Garland and the Justice Department of bias in the review of Trump over January 6 and classified documents.
‘I believe you very much want to indict Donald J. Trump,’ he told Garland, despite his repeated statements of trying to stand back and avoid interference. He has appointed special counsels in both matters.
He accused DOJ of leaking information about the Hunter Biden probe as a ‘predicate’ for indicting Trump, demonstrating impartiality, and proving the department is ‘even-handed.’
Then he asked that the Hunter probe not focus on the president’s son’s battles with addiction, and focus instead on ‘connections to his father and potential public corruption. That is the matter of public concern.’
He asked Garland to commit to examining the ‘public corruption aspect’ and ‘not simply scapegoat Hunter Biden as an individual.’
The gun investigation relates to Hunter Biden’s attestation on a 2018 handgun purchase form not to be ‘an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance.’
On Wednesday, Hunter Biden’s criminal defense lawyer has left the case due to dissent and unease within the defense team. The reasons behind his departure are unclear, but this development may have implications for Biden’s ongoing legal troubles, which include an investigation into his tax affairs
Joshua Levy, Hunter Biden’s criminal defense lawyer, has left his legal team due to “unease and dissent” within the team. Levy had been hired to oppose congressional investigations into the Biden family’s business dealings, but it is unclear why he is no longer representing Hunter Biden. The legal team consisted of at least four lawyers and Levy’s departure may have implications for Biden’s ongoing legal issues, which include an investigation into his tax affairs, according to the New York Times.
Abbe Lowell, who was hired in December to defend Hunter Biden and the Biden family from multiple congressional investigations, including money laundering and wire fraud, has reportedly been involved with hidden conflict and competitiveness within the organization with Hunter’s legal team.
Levy was reportedly dissatisfied with Lowell’s legal strategies and was concerned they may not be successful. In February, Lowell was part of an effort to send “litigation hold” letters to preserve “Laptop from Hell” records, which some critics viewed as a public relations tactic to change the narrative for the Biden family.
Lowell has previously represented high-profile individuals such as Bill Clinton and Jared Kushner.
The New York Times reported, “President Biden’s personal lawyer, Bob Bauer, had recommended Mr. Levy for the job. But Mr. Levy had clashed with Kevin Morris, a lawyer and close adviser to Hunter Biden who has lent him money to pay his back taxes and some other bills, according to a person familiar with the strategy. Mr. Morris and Hunter Biden brought on Mr. Lowell late last year, prompting Mr. Levy’s departure.”