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 CoonsAdvocacy groups pushing Biden to cancel student debt for disabled Senators in the dark on parliamentarian's decision Sunday shows preview: Russia, US exchange sanctions; tensions over policing rise; vaccination campaign continues MORE (D-Del.) expressed confidence on Sunday that President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenObama, Clinton reflect on Mondale's legacy Biden, Harris commend Mondale in paving the way for female VP Mondale in last message to staff: 'Joe in the White House certainly helps' MORE would not interfere with a federal investigation of his son Hunter Biden’s tax affairs.

NBC’s Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddBoehner to NBC's Chuck Todd: 'You're a s---' for question about seeking office again Whitmer: State won't close down again following GOP lawsuits Boehner: 'America First Caucus is one of the nuttiest things I've ever seen' 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 TrumpHouse votes to condemn Chinese government over Hong Kong Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at age 93 White House readies for Chauvin verdict 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.”