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GOP Sens. Seek Answers on DOJ Recusal in Hunter Biden Case

'In light of Mr. McQuaid’s clear conflicts in the Hunter Biden investigation, Attorney General Garland’s silence draws serious suspicion and has cast a cloud over the investigation... '

(Headline USARepublican Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., pressed the U.S. attorney in Delaware this week on whether a Justice Department official involved in the investigation into Hunter Biden’s finances has recused himself from the case.

Nicholas McQuaid, who leads the DOJ’s criminal division, should not be a part of the federal government’s investigation into Hunter Biden’s taxes and foreign business deals, the senators argued, because he formerly worked with Hunter Biden’s lawyer Chris Clark at the law firm Latham & Watkins.

Grassley and Johnson raised this conflict of interest to Attorney General Merrick Garland on a number of occasions, they said, but their requests to determine whether McQuaid has stepped down from the Hunter Biden investigation have thus far gone ignored.

“On Feb. 3, 2021, March 9, 2021, and Nov. 10, 2021, we wrote letters to Attorney General Garland with respect to Nicholas McQuaid…and his conflicts of interest in the Hunter Biden criminal case,” the senators wrote in a letter to U.S. Attorney David Weiss, who is overseeing the Hunter Biden investigation.

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“In those letters, we specifically raised concerns about the fact that Mr. McQuaid worked with Hunter Biden’s criminal attorney until he was hired by the Biden administration on Jan. 20, 2021.”

McQuaid’s association with Hunter Biden’s legal team “creates a clear conflict of interest,” yet the DOJ “has failed to provide adequate responses to answer the threshold questions about whether Mr. McQuaid has or had any role in the Hunter Biden criminal case and whether he has been recused from it,” the senators continued.

“In light of Mr. McQuaid’s clear conflicts in the Hunter Biden investigation, Attorney General Garland’s silence draws serious suspicion and has cast a cloud over the investigation – a cloud that could easily be removed if the Justice Department showed a modicum of transparency,” Grassley and Johnson said.

Grassley and Johnson have spearheaded a congressional investigation into Hunter Biden’s business dealings.

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Their colleagues in the House have also tried to bring attention to Hunter Biden’s finances, and President Joe Biden’s involvement in them, by uploading the contents of his abandoned laptop into the congressional record.

Democrats, however, have obstructed their efforts to do so, according to House GOP aides.

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