Biden has hired Richard Sauber, currently the chief legal officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs, as “special counsel to the president” in the expectation that Republicans will open investigations into the president’s role in his son’s corrupt financial dealings in Ukraine and China.
According to his bio, Sauber, an NYU law grad, specializes in “representing companies and individuals in connection with government investigations and enforcement actions of all types.”
The Times described the hiring as part of “a routine dynamic of Washington life that when one party controls both elected branches of government,” but also suggested that Republicans desire revenge for the way President Trump was treated as soon as he took office.
“Some Republicans appear eager to focus on Mr. Biden and his family — particularly the foreign business dealings of his son, Hunter Biden,” the Times reported.
“A handful of far-right Republicans have already signed onto a flurry of impeachment resolutions.”
In an interview with an Australian news station, Curtin University political analyst Joe Siracusa said the “expensive” lawyer’s only job is to keep Biden out of jail, as Republicans target his manifest incompetence.
“The only thing that might save the president is the fact that they like Kamala Harris less,” he continued.
The White House praised Sauber for his experience in a statement.
“Dick is an excellent lawyer who brings decades of experience that will be a valuable asset,” White House spokesman Ian Sams said.
“We are ensuring the White House is prepared for the issues we are facing or will face in the future.”
The Times also reported that Sauber represented President Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice when she was investigated for her role in the 2012 by Islamic militants on the attack on U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
Rice, who infamously blamed the Benghazi attacks on an obscure video, is currently director of the United States Domestic Policy Council.