DOJ blocks GOP effort to get answers on Hunter Biden investigation

The Department of Justice (DOJ) appears to have blocked Republican senators from asking a US attorney about President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, who is the subject of an ongoing FBI investigation.

In May, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) wrote to US Attorney David Weiss of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware about apparent conflicts of interest and the investigation’s status. Earlier last month, the senators received a response from the DOJ, not Weiss.

On February 19, 2021, March 22, 2021, July 13, 2021, and February 2, 2022, the Department of Justice responded to senators’ questions about the Hunter Biden investigation.

The letter said, “as the Department explained in those responses, Department attorneys receive ethics and professional responsibility training as appropriate, sign a pledge to maintain public trust in government, and are subject to the Department’s scrupulous ethics and recusal protocols.”

Senators have inquired about former acting Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Nicholas McQuaid’s involvement in the probe from Weiss, who is conducting the investigation into Hunter Biden.

Before entering the Biden administration, McQuaid was a colleague of Christopher Clark, Hunter Biden’s criminal defense counsel.

“While the Department appreciates your interest in this matter, consistent with its policies, it will not be able to provide you with any further information regarding Department officials’ employment or specific recusal decisions,” the DOJ added in its letter.

According to The Washington Examiner, the Department of Justice suggested in a February letter that McQuaid had recused himself from the case, saying,

“Pursuant to this pledge and applicable standards set forth in statutes, regulations, as well as longstanding Department policies and procedures, the Acting Assistant Attorney General is screened and recused from matters in which he has a financial interest or a personal business relationship, including matters involving his former law firm.”

Hunter revealed that he was being investigated by the FBI for his “tax affairs” in December 2020, just a month after his father was elected to the White House.