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 Brian GarlandThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Finger-pointing on Capitol riot; GOP balks at Biden relief plan McConnell backs Garland for attorney general Biden can redeem checkered past and regenerate hope for millions with criminal justice reform MORE said Monday that he has not discussed a Justice Department investigation involving Hunter Biden with President BidenJoe BidenBiden 'disappointed' in Senate parliamentarian ruling but 'respects' decision Taylor Swift celebrates House passage of Equality Act Donald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' 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 to vote against Tanden nomination Grassley says he'll decide this fall whether to run in 2022 Yellen deputy Adeyemo on track for quick confirmation 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.


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 DurhamBiden administration withdraws from Connecticut transgender athlete case Garland seeks to draw sharp contrast with Trump-era DOJ John Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges MORE, who is probing the origins of the Russia investigation, in place.

Hunter Biden was targeted by former President TrumpDonald TrumpDonald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee 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.