President Joe Biden is under investigation by both the Department of Justice (DOJ) and House Republicans.
On Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Robert Hur as a special counsel to investigate Biden’s potentially illegal possession of classified documents from his days in the Obama administration.
The documents were found inside the Washington offices of the Penn Biden Center and in the garage of Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.
The initial investigation was conducted by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Illinois, John Lausch, who then advised Garland to appoint a special counsel to investigate the matter further.
“Based on Mr. Lausch’s initial investigation, I concluded that, under the Special Counsel regulations, it was in the public interest to appoint a Special Counsel,” Garland said Thursday.
“Earlier today, I signed an order appointing Robert Hur a Special Counsel for the matter I have just described,” he stated. “The document authorizes him to investigate whether any person or entity violated the law in connection with this matter. The special counsel will not be subject to the day-to-day supervision of any official of the department, but he must comply with the regulations, procedures, and policies of the department.”
Hur previously worked in the DOJ’s criminal division, investigating domestic terrorism and corporate fraud, and served as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland before leaving the DOJ in 2021.
Garland said, “I am confident that Mr. Hur will carry out his responsibility in an even-handed and urgent manner and in accordance with the highest traditions of this department.”
Meanwhile, House Republicans have launched an investigation into the Biden family’s finances.
“Now that Democrats no longer have one-party rule in Washington, oversight and accountability are coming,” said Rep. James Comer (R-KY), chairman of the House Oversight Committee.
The committee requested information from the Treasury Department regarding financial transactions by Biden family members that were flagged for suspicious activity. The Treasury Department has declined requests for comment.
The Republican-led committee also requested testimony from former Twitter executives involved in allegedly suppressing information about the purported criminal activity of the president’s son, Hunter Biden.
Comer said there are “troubling questions” about the business affairs of both Hunter Biden and James Biden, the president’s brother, that must be investigated.
White House spokesman Ian Sams retorted:
“In their first week as a governing majority, House Republicans have not taken any meaningful action to address inflation and lower Americans’ costs, yet they’re jumping out of the gate with political stunts driven by the most extreme MAGA members of their caucus in an effort to get the attention of Fox News.”