SUCH A SHAM: Attorney General Merrick Garland DEFENDS independence of Hunter Biden investigation – I think this is a fact and law question in each case, determining it and depending upon how cases go forward and the question of whether the Justice Department, with its normal processes, should continue

In testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee this week, United States Attorney General Merrick Garland vehemently defended the Department of Justice’s political independence when it comes to the investigation of Hunter Biden.

Pressed by Republican Senator Bill Hagerty (TN) about how the American people can be sure the Department of Justice is conducting a “serious,” non-political investigation into Hunter Biden’s taxes and finances, Garland responded with visible emotion.

“Because we put the investigation into the hands of a Trump appointee from the previous administration who is the United States attorney for the District of Delaware and because you have me as the attorney general who is committed to the independence of the Justice Department from any influence from the White House on criminal matters,” Garland answered.

The Trump-appointed US Attorney, David Weiss, was appointed by former president Donald Trump in 2018. “He is supervising the investigation,” Garland said of Weiss. “I’m not at liberty to talk about internal Justice Department deliberations, but he is in charge of that investigation. There will not be interference of any political or improper kind

Asked whether any senior DOJ officials had been briefed on the investigation, Garland declined to give a direct answer, deferring instead to Weiss. “Again, he is the supervisor of this investigation and, you know, the normal processes of the department occur. But he is the supervisor of this investigation,” Garland said.

Asked whether he would appoint a Special Counsel to the investigation, Garland said no. “I think this is a fact and law question in each case, determining it and depending upon how cases go forward and the question of whether the Justice Department, with its normal processes, should continue,” Garland said. “I think our internal deliberations have to stay within the department.”

He also assured the panel the president has not attempted to interfere in the investigation in any way. 

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