House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) blasted Attorney General Merrick Garland Tuesday for his ârefusalâ to appoint a special counsel in the governmentâs criminal investigation of first son Hunter Biden.
Jordan wrote in a letter to Garland that the Justice Departmentâs investigation into President Bidenâs eldest living son has the “appearance of a conflict of interest” and seems to meet the criteria necessary for a special counsel to be appointed.
“To date, you have declined to appoint a special counsel in this matter, despite appointing special counsels in other investigations. Your refusal to appoint a special counsel here is conspicuous in this context,” Jordan’s letter continued.
The Ohio Republican also requested that Garland provide the Judiciary Committee with documents from employees in the US Attorneyâs Office for the District of Delaware relating to the status of a special counsel for the investigation and communications between employees of US attorneyâs offices who could bring charges against the 80-year-old presidentâs troubled son, 53.
Jordan demanded that the information be turned over to the panel no later than March 14 at 5 p.m., as part of the House Judiciary Committee’s oversight of the DOJ.
To date, the DOJ has resisted cooperating with the Republican-led House Judiciary Committee.
Jordan has accused the DOJ of being “scared to cooperate” with the panelâs investigations.
His calls for a special counsel in the Hunter Biden case come as the House Oversight Committee conducts its own expansive probe into the business dealings of the Biden family, including the first son.
Last week, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) accused the Biden Treasury Department of âoperating in bad faithâ by preventing his committee from accessing more than 150 bank reports of transactions tied to Hunter Biden.
Comer says Treasury had made âseveral excusesâ to not comply with his Jan. 11 request for so-called âSuspicious Activity Reportsâ (SARs) â triggered by âunusual foreign or high-dollar transactionsâ executed by Hunter, first brother James Biden, their associates and related companies.
âThe American people deserve transparency,â Comer tweeted on Monday. âTreasuryâs failure to produce requested information related to the Biden familyâs influence peddling schemes is unacceptable.â
Garland is slated to appear before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday and face a grilling by Comer and other Republicans on the panel.
According to reports, federal agents investigating Hunter Biden believe they have sufficient evidence to charge him with tax crimes and for lying about his drug abuse on paperwork for a firearms purchase.
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