During a Senate oversight hearing, Attorney General Merrick Garland stated that the US Attorney prosecuting the criminal investigation of President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden is free to pursue the appropriate charges, including prosecuting the case outside of Delaware, where the prosecutor is based, if necessary.
“The US attorney has been advised that he has full authority to make those referrals you’re talking about or to bring cases in other districts if he needs to do that,” Garland said. “He has been advised that he should get anything he needs. I have not heard anything from that office that suggests they are not able to do anything that the U.S. attorney wants them to do.”
The investigation of Hunter Biden
The investigation is primarily focused on Hunter Biden’s alleged failure to pay a federal income tax bill of around $1 million and a false statement he allegedly made about his drug use when purchasing a gun in 2018.
Hunter Biden has said that he is confident the investigation will clear him of any wrongdoing.
Apart from affirming his assurance of the independence of the investigation, Garland did not offer any substantive updates.
Senator Ted Cruz also challenged Garland to investigate allegations that Hunter Biden leveraged his father’s position as president to benefit from his overseas business dealings. Garland reaffirmed that the prosecutor’s work has not been limited in any way.
“He’s not restricted in his investigation in any way,” Garland responded.
In the hearing, senators also pressed Garland about other matters, including the federal law enforcement’s handling of protests outside the homes of some Supreme Court justices.
Senator Ted Cruz was one of the most vocal during the senate hearing and questioned the department’s failure to act on “rioters” as the Supreme Court Justices’ homes. Cruz yelled, “You’re perfectly content with justices being afraid for their children’s lives.”
Furthermore, Garland was heavily questioned over a recently leaked intelligence memo warning of the potential for violence from “radical-traditionalist Catholics,” particularly among Latinos.
“It’s appalling. It’s appalling. I’m in complete agreement with you,” Garland replied. “I understand that the FBI has withdrawn it and is now looking into how this would ever have happened. It does not reflect the methods the FBI is supposed to be using.”