A group of 95 House Republicans has written Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding he name a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden, accusing the AG of having a conflict of interest on the matter.
The letter cites an ongoing federal probe into Hunter’s taxes and finances, accusing him of using his father’s position as vice president to gain ‘wealth and influence.’
It also makes reference to the Trump era Russia probe – saying Trump endured ‘closer scrutiny’ for ‘lesser accusations.’ In that matter, former President Donald Trump was infuriated that then-AG Jeff Sessions named Robert Mueller as special counsel to probe Trump campaign contacts with Russians.
‘We are concerned that in the case of Hunter Biden the Department has an actual conflict of interest and certainly has the appearance of a conflict of interest that could prevent a fair and impartial investigation of his activities,’ the lawmakers write. ‘You were nominated to your position by Hunter Biden’s father and ultimately work for him,’ they added.
House Republicans are demanding Attorney General Merrick Garland name a special counsel to oversee the probe into Hunter Biden’s taxes and finances
‘It appears that Hunter Biden used his position as [the] son of then-Vice President to gain wealth and influence in foreign countries, using questionably sourced money to pay tax liabilities, and lobbying on behalf of foreign entities without proceeding through the proper channels,’ according to the letter.
The letter references emails linked to the laptop Hunter Biden is alleged to have abandoned at a Wilmington computer repair shop. It points to various business dealings by the president’s son, including serving on the board of Ukrainian energy firm Burisma – although it steers clear of other salacious material found on the laptop, which former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani obtained and then provided to the New York Post during the 2020 campaign.
DailyMail.com subsequently verified its authenticity through computer experts.
The letter’s lead author is Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.), one of just 10 Republicans to vote for Trump’s second impeachment.
The US attorney’s office in Wilmington, Del. began its probe into Hunter Biden as early as 2018
The GOP lawmakers say Hunter Biden ‘took advantage’ of his father’s position
Rep. Tom Rice, R-S.C., helped organize the letter. He is one of just 10 Republicans who voted for Trump’s second impeachment
Also signing was GOP Rep. Carol Miller (R-W.Va.)
The letter says former President Donald Trump endured ‘closer scrutiny’ for ‘lesser accusations,’ in reference to the Russia probe headed by special counsel Robert Mueller
‘If we are going to have a scenario where the president can try to intimidate Congress into doing what he wants, well shoot, we might as well have a monarchy,’ Rice told NPR after his vote. Trump called for him to be thrown out of office, the state party censured him, and he faces primary challenges this summer.
Rice said of Trump after Jan. 6th: ‘What he did in my mind is what dictators do.’
‘It is long past time for an appointment of Special Counsel to investigate the Biden family’s influence peddling,’ Rice said in a statement announcing the letter, using language that connects the president to allegations about his son’s business dealings.
‘The Trump Administration endured closer scrutiny during the baseless Steele Dossier on the standard that a Special Counsel was necessary due to the DOJ not being able to impartially investigate a sitting President. The same standard applies here,’ he said.
The letter points to Hunter’s far-flung business dealings with energy companies from Ukraine to China at a time when his father helped steer national policy on a range of issues.
‘It is increasingly clear that Hunter Biden took advantage of his father’s position as Vice President to develop business relationships with clients in Ukraine, China, and Kazakhstan. Additionally, it is clear from emails secured from Hunter Biden’s laptop that he used a cash gift from a Ukrainian Natural Gas company, Burisma, of which he was a board member, to pay off personal tax liabilities,’ according to the letter.
‘Finally, Hunter Biden likely facilitated lobbying for foreign entities through third-party channels without registering for the Foreign Agents Registration Act,’ it continues.
Also signing onto the letter is Rep. Carol Miller (R-W.Va.), who issued a release flagging a line from the letter that Hunter ‘used his position as son of then-Vice President Biden to gain wealth and influence in foreign countries.’
Miller appeared at Trump’s West Virginia campaign rally in 2018 while sporting a MAGA hat and won his backing.
Earlier this month, White House press secretary Jen Psaki rejected calls for a special counsel, when asked about White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain saying Biden was ‘confident that his son didn’t break the law.’
As it stands now, the AG is technically overseeing a probe of the president’s son as well as the sprawling Jan. 6th probe that could encompass people close to Trump or the former president himself.
‘Well, first, the President has never had a conversation with the Department of Justice about any investigations into any member of his family. He said that during the campaign, and he will continue to abide by that,’ Psaki said.
‘So I point you to the Department of Justice for any additional steps they would take they would make those decisions independently.’