Merrick Garland, Joe Biden’s pick for the U.S. Attorney General, is expected to face the questions regarding the activities of President’s son Hunter Biden as soon as the hearing starts before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Senators are likely to ask Garland questions about Biden’s suspicious foreign transactions, most notably those related to China.
No date determined
As for now, the exact date of the hearing is yet to be determined.
During the Obama Administration, Hunter Biden served as a board member of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma.
In 2013, he got involved in the creation of the joint U.S.-Chinese investment fund called BHR Partners. After the end of his father’s vice-presidential term in 2017, Hunter Biden reportedly worked on a deal with CEFC China Energy to secure an investment in U.S. energy projects.
During his affairs in China, Hunter Biden collaborated with the people some of whom were later charged with corruption, such as Patrick Ho and Ye Jianming.
He allegedly even received a generous diamond gift from the latter.
Even though the gift was thought to be a part of the investigation against Biden, the probe largely focuses on his other dealings.
Tax money issue
Investigators are seemingly most interested in whether there were significant violations of tax and money laundering laws related to Biden’s business activities abroad.
The issue has been a part of the last year’s presidential debates when Donald Trump pointed to the potentially suspicious activities of Joe Biden’s son.
But now, Garland’s potential election has significant bearings on the case since the U.S. Attorney General is a person who has the power to monitor the investigation or even close it if he finds such a move warranted.
Republican Senator Chuck Grassley from Iowa said that Garland should be transparent about his plans regarding Biden’s case as that would be in the public interest of the Americans.
Grassley added that he intends to pose questions about younger Biden directly to Garland during the Senate hearing of the attorney general.
Lindsey Graham pressure
Lindsey Graham, a Republican Senator from South Carolina, also said that he expects the topic of Hunter Biden’s foreign business to be raised in the Senate.
Graham’s estimate here is especially telling since he currently chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.
When asked about whether the new president will discuss his son’s investigation with anyone, current White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that President Biden does not plan to do so.
She added that the future attorney general would decide alone how the case would be handled.
It is interesting that some of the Republican Senators already endorsed Garland’s candidacy.
One of them, John Cornyn of Texas, told reporters that he will support Garland as a person who has the potential to bring the much-anticipated depoliticization of the Justice Department.