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DOJ Opens Investigation Into Hunter Biden

DOJ Opens Investigation Into Hunter Biden

By RZR News Team
Aug 23, 2023

Fast Facts

  • On Aug. 11, 2023, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that he would be appointing a special counsel to investigate President Biden’s son, Hunter.
  • Hunter Biden is accused of evading federal income taxes in addition to a fraud claim that arose after trying to purchase a firearm. 
  • The special counsel will be led by David Weiss, a Trump-appointed U.S. Attorney from Delaware.
  • Many Republicans have expressed their dissatisfaction with AG Garland’s choice of council, claiming that Weiss was strategically placed to help Hunter.
  • Since Hunter’s alleged crimes have been made public, Republicans have been calling for AG Garland to appoint a special counsel.

Analysis

The ongoing Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into Hunter Biden’s illegal actions and business dealings has rightfully ignited skepticism among many, particularly those who question the sincerity of the pursuit of justice – or even the ability of the government to function on a basic level. While every individual is entitled to due process, the manner in which this investigation is unfolding raises suspicions that it may ultimately fall short of delivering true accountability.

The issue lies not only in the scope of the investigation but also in the potential reluctance to draw any connections to the actions of his father, President Joe Biden. It is highly difficult to ignore the perceived lack of urgency and the reluctance to pursue any line of inquiry that might cast a shadow on the president. Even worse, despite there being numerous examples of physical evidence of misconduct, the DOJ has been weaponized by this seemingly corrupt and potentially criminal president to attack Donald Trump, who is being proverbially stoned to death in the political arena for minor infractions and actions that do not seem wrong.

To maintain the integrity of the justice system, transparency and unbiased investigation are essential. Any perception of political influence undermines the credibility of the DOJ and the principles it stands for. The American public deserves to know that justice will be pursued without fear or favor – right now, that does not appear to be possible.

. Upholding the principles of justice is paramount and the true test lies in whether the investigation will ultimately deliver accountability regardless of political affiliations.

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Hunter Biden is an interesting case. While it is obvious, or at least seems obvious, that he has engaged in illegal activities, it also seems obvious that this is only a story because of who his father is. If this was anyone else, this simply would not garner national headlines. This is not meant to downplay everything that is going on with this case – just a reminder that this is all a bit silly and a distraction.  

As for the appointment of a special counsel, it makes sense. The Justice Department has a perceived conflict of interest and in such positions, it is only right that an independent investigator is appointed. At the end of the day, the Justice Department, which is at least partially beholden to the President, is investigating the President’s son. That is a conflict of interest. Plain and simple. And therefore a special counsel is a correct decision. 

The history of special counsels is varied, to say the least. But on the whole, they have done their job effectively and professionally – except Ken Starr who was and is a right-wing hack who should have never been anywhere near that investigation, but, like the weasel he was and is, he managed to find a way in. They, besides Ken Starr, have suppressed any supposed political connection and partisan grudges. And for the GOP in Congress claiming this would limit their own investigation that is just nonsense. There is no rule which prohibits multiple investigations – remember when Fmr. President Trump was being investigated by Congress and the subject of other investigations – yeah, it seems the GOP does not. 

This may be a boring opinion, but this just is not the story certain people want it to be. Hunter Biden is guilty, he admitted as much when trying to work out a plea. His business dealing appears to be unethical – to say the least. It is a crime. Leave it at that. Now, if the President had a hand in suppressing evidence and using political sway to limit any criminal investigations, that is another story. But right now, it seems that Biden has not done anything illegal. There are a lot of pressing issues, but this is not one of them

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Recently, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that he would be appointing a special counsel to investigate President Biden’s son, Hunter. Specifically, Hunter Biden is being accused of evading over $100,000 in taxes, as well as committing fraud while trying to purchase a firearm. 

The special counsel will be led by David Weiss, a U.S. Attorney from Delaware, who also happens to be Trump-appointed. 

However, this decision by AG Garland did not satisfy many Republicans. Despite their demand for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to open a special council, several of those same people are now having a rather “sour” reaction to the recent news. Upon this announcement, many started accusing Garland of appointing someone who they did not believe was competent enough to carry out a full and fair investigation. 

Of course, there has yet to be any concrete evidence that Weiss is underqualified for this job. That being said, the adverse reaction to this announcement is really just a testament to how many on the right are predisposed to think that they are being treated unfairly. 

Republicans were calling for AG Garland to open up a special council. Now that they have it, they want to discredit Weiss and automatically declare the investigation a “sham” before any evidence is actually presented. 

Therefore, perhaps now is the time for the DOJ to accept that almost nothing will satisfy those who have seemingly made it their mission to delegitimize the U.S. justice system. At this point, it should just remain focused on its mission to administer fair and impartial justice. 

– James Demertzis

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From a political standpoint, whether Hunter Biden did anything wrong is irrelevant. Hunter does not hold any elected office. What is relevant is whether his father helped him commit any wrongdoing or whether he used his presidential power to cover up any wrongdoing. Of course, there must first be an established case of wrongdoing, which is precisely why this investigation is being conducted. 

Conservative ire over David Weiss’s appointment to oversee the investigation is illogical. The man is a Trump appointee who is more than qualified for the job. His team will determine if Hunter did anything illegal. From there, one would hope that Weiss would then investigate whether Joe Biden had anything to do with his son’s criminal activity. If so, then articles of impeachment would be an appropriate result. 

– Pietro S. Geraci

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