Coons says Biden won't interfere in Hunter Biden investigation

Coons says Biden won't interfere in Hunter Biden investigation
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Sen. Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsHawley files ethics counter-complaint against seven Democratic senators Moderates vow to 'be a force' under Biden Democrats seek answers on impact of Russian cyberattack on Justice Department, Courts MORE (D-Del.) expressed confidence on Sunday that President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBudowsky: A Biden-McConnell state of emergency summit DC might win US House vote if it tries Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models MORE would not interfere with a federal investigation of his son Hunter Biden’s tax affairs.

NBC’s Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddSenators spar over validity of Trump impeachment trial Fauci tells Maddow he was 'blocked' from going on show under Trump admin Officials brace for second Trump impeachment trial MORE asked Coons on "Meet the Press" if a special counsel was necessary to ensure independence in the investigation.

“So many of us have just gotten used to, in the era of Trump, that being a normal question,” Coons responded. “Joe Biden will not run the White House as a family business as President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE has, and he will not interfere in decisions made by senior leadership at the Department of Justice. He won’t view the attorney general as his personal attorney as President Trump clearly has viewed Attorney General Barr.”

“I’m confident that whoever is nominated to be the attorney general will restore the rule of law and will follow the appropriate process once they’re in place,” the senator added.

Todd also asked whether Coons believed measures such as a special counsel or retaining the current U.S. Attorney investigating Hunter Biden were necessary for the president-elect to assuage concerns about independence.

“Either of those options may well work, but frankly this is news to all of us within the last week,” Coons responded. “I think we should trust that attorney general nominated by Joe Biden will restore the rule of law to how the Department of Justice Works and will be an attorney general following the Constitution for the American people, not a personal attorney for the president.”

Hunter Biden said last Wednesday that the U.S. attorney’s office in Delaware is investigating his tax affairs.

His father's transition team issued a statement describing the president-elect as “deeply proud of his son, who has fought through difficult challenges, including the vicious personal attacks of recent months, only to emerge stronger.”