Garland refuses to say whether he or other senior DOJ officials have been briefed
WASHINGTON—United States Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today questioned U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland on the Department of Justice’s investigation into President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.
Pressed repeatedly by Hagerty, Garland refused to say whether he or any senior Department of Justice officials have been briefed by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware on the investigation.
“He is supervising the investigation, and I’m not at liberty to talk about internal Justice Department deliberations, but he is in charge of that investigation,” Garland responded.
Garland agreed with Hagerty that it would be completely inappropriate for President Biden to bring him to the Oval Office and tell him that Hunter Biden didn’t break the law, but Hagerty noted that President Biden is delivering that same message through television by sending his senior staff—political appointees who are paid by the taxpayer—to proclaim Hunter Biden’s innocence.
“Earlier this month, White House Chief of Staff, Ron Klain, stated on national television that quote, ‘the President is confident that his son didn’t break the law,’ and the White House Communications Director [Kate Bedingfield] said that President Biden maintains his position that his son did nothing that was unethical. This is on national television. The President’s already told his subordinates, clearly—these are people that he can fire at will—that he and his family did nothing wrong […] I think the observation here is terribly critical, because there’s an obvious conflict of interest here because, if those who are investigating the Biden family and their enterprise can be fired by the head of the family who’s being investigated—that is, Joe Biden can fire the Attorney General in Delaware [U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware]—he can have an impact on all of your staffing,” Hagerty said.
Garland also refused to comment on evidence and statements from Hunter Biden and his business associates indicating that, while serving as Vice President, President Biden was involved with and personally profiting from Hunter Biden’s foreign business deals.