Garland says he has not discussed Hunter Biden case with president

Garland says he has not discussed Hunter Biden case with president
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Attorney general nominee Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandGrassley calls for federal prosecutor to probe botched FBI Nassar investigation Durham seeking indictment of lawyer with ties to Democrats: reports Woman allegedly abused by Nassar after he was reported to FBI: 'I should not be here' MORE said Monday that he has not discussed a Justice Department investigation involving Hunter Biden with President BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Did President Biden institute a vaccine mandate for only half the nation's teachers? Democrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms MORE or other members of the administration.

"I have not. The president made abundantly clear in every public statement ... that decisions about investigation and prosecutions will be left to the Justice Department," Garland said during his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in response to a question from Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyGrassley calls for federal prosecutor to probe botched FBI Nassar investigation Woman allegedly abused by Nassar after he was reported to FBI: 'I should not be here' Democrat rips Justice for not appearing at US gymnastics hearing MORE (R-Iowa).

"That was the reason that I was willing to take on this job. So the answer to your question is no," Garland added.

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U.S. Attorney David Weiss of Delaware is handling a tax probe into Hunter Biden, who announced late last year that he was under investigation.

CNN reported earlier this month that the Biden administration had asked Trump-appointed U.S. attorneys to resign, but left Weiss and U.S. Attorney John DurhamJohn DurhamAttorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation Durham seeking indictment of lawyer with ties to Democrats: reports MORE, who is probing the origins of the Russia investigation, in place.

Hunter Biden was targeted by former President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE during the primary and general election campaigns over his foreign business dealings. He served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company when Joe Biden served as vice president under the Obama administration.

Hunter Biden said in an ABC News interview last year that he used "poor judgment" when he decided to take the role, but said he did nothing improper.

Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives in 2019 for pressing Ukraine’s president to investigate the Bidens' affairs and was later acquitted in his Senate trial.