Attorney General Merrick Garland faced tough questioning on Wednesday during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee about his involvement in the criminal investigation of Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden. Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) pressed Garland on whether he had any personal contact with anyone at the FBI headquarters about the Hunter Biden investigation.
In response, Garland stated that he "couldn't recollect" if he had spoken to anyone at the FBI headquarters about the case. When pressed further by Johnson about whether he had any discussions with U.S. Attorney David Weiss, who is leading the investigation, Garland refused to answer, citing his promise to the Senate to not interfere in the investigation.
Garland also made it clear that Weiss had the authority to bring forward any cases that he deemed appropriate. This comes after a plea deal fell apart and Weiss was granted special counsel status, giving him broader authority to bring charges outside of his own district. Hunter Biden is currently facing federal gun charges and may soon be indicted on tax evasion charges, according to his lawyer.
.@RepMikeJohnson: "Have you had personal contact with anyone at FBI headquarters about the Hunter Biden investigation?"
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) September 20, 2023
During the hearing, Garland strongly denied any interference in the Hunter Biden investigation and stated that he has kept his promise to not intrude on the investigation. However, he refused to comment on whether he had any discussions with Weiss about the case.
Garland's testimony sparked concern and raised questions from House Republicans about the integrity of the investigation. The official Twitter account for the Judiciary GOP posted a tweet asking, "What are they hiding?"
Garland also addressed reports that officials have slow-walked the inquiry in a way that may have precluded more serious charges in the years-long probe. He stated that there was nothing "cumbersome" about the process Weiss had to go through and that he expects Weiss to deliver a report at the end of the investigation that will explain the decisions made in regards to potential prosecutions.
The Hunter Biden investigation has been a source of controversy for the Biden administration, with some Republicans accusing the Justice Department of mishandling the case. The investigation began in 2018, but gained national attention during the 2020 presidential election when President Biden's opponents used it as a way to attack his character and integrity.
Garland's testimony and refusal to answer certain questions have only added fuel to the fire, with critics questioning the credibility and transparency of the investigation. As the investigation continues and potential indictments loom, it remains to be seen what will come of the Hunter Biden case and how it will impact the Biden administration.
.@RepMikeJohnson: "Under oath...your testimony is - you have not had any discussions with Mr. Weiss about this matter?"
GARLAND: "I do not intend to discuss internal Justice Department deliberations, whether or not I had them."
JOHNSON: "So, your testimony today is you're not… pic.twitter.com/Rjmp0zl74U
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 20, 2023