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 CoonsUS, Iran signal possible breakthroughs in nuke talks How the United States can pass Civics 101 Americans for Prosperity launches campaign targeting six Democrats to oppose ending filibuster MORE (D-Del.) expressed confidence on Sunday that President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenDefense lawyers for alleged Capitol rioters to get tours of U.S. Capitol Sasse to introduce legislation giving new hires signing bonuses after negative jobs report Three questions about Biden's conservation goals MORE would not interfere with a federal investigation of his son Hunter Biden’s tax affairs.

NBC’s Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddSanders knocks James Carville: 'I don't think he's terribly relevant to what happens in Congress right now' Portman: Pre-K, community college not 'typically' a government responsibility Yellen: 'Safest' thing to do is make sure infrastructure plan is paid for 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 TrumpThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Iran says onus is on US to rejoin nuclear deal on third anniversary of withdrawal Assaults on Roe v Wade increasing 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.”