Sense press attorney on recusal in Hunter Biden tax case


Republican senses Ron Johnson and Chuck Grassley want Delaware’s U.S. attorney to disclose whether a senior Justice Department official recused himself from the federal Hunter Biden tax evasion investigation because of his ties to the lawyer for the first son.

Nicholas McQuaid, who heads the Justice Department’s criminal division, previously worked with Hunter Biden’s lawyer, Chris Clark, at the large multinational law firm Latham & Watkins.

Johnson (R-Wis.) and Grassley (R-Iowa) wrote to U.S. Attorney David Weiss, saying Attorney General Merrick Garland ignored three letters they sent last year regarding McQuaid’s possible recusal of the investigation conducted by Weiss.

“Dear Mr. Weiss: On February 3, 2021, March 9, 2021, and November 10, 2021, we wrote letters to Attorney General Garland regarding Nicholas McQuaid…and his conflicts of interest in the Hunter Biden criminal case,” wrote the senators.

“In those letters, we specifically raised concerns that Mr. McQuaid worked with Hunter Biden’s criminal attorney until he was hired by the Biden administration on January 20, 2021,” they wrote. Johnson and Grassley.

“This association creates a clear conflict of interest, but the Department has not provided adequate answers to answer preliminary questions about whether Mr. McQuaid has or had a role in the Hunter Biden criminal case and whether he was dismissed.”

Johnson, along with Grassley, led congressional investigations into Hunter Biden’s business dealings in countries where his father dominated as vice president.
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Nicholas McQuaid, who heads the Justice Department’s criminal division, previously worked with Hunter Biden’s lawyer, Chris Clark, at the large multinational law firm Latham & Watkins.
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Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks during a press conference to announce actions to bolster the Biden administration's environmental justice efforts, Thursday, May 5, 2022.
Attorney General Merrick Garland ignored three letters sent by Johnson and Grassley regarding McQuaid’s possible recusal from the Weiss-led investigation, the senators said.
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Johnson and Grassley asked Weiss to say whether his investigation had “received sufficient resources and support from the Department of Justice to properly execute the Hunter Biden criminal case” and whether McQuaid had recused himself from the case.

The senators also asked for any communication between the office and McQuaid and information on whether other employees of the U.S. attorney’s office in Biden’s home state recused themselves.

“In light of Mr. McQuaid’s clear conflicts in the Hunter Biden investigation, Attorney General Garland’s silence raises serious suspicions and has cast a cloud over the investigation – a cloud that could easily be dispelled if the Department of Justice Justice was showing a modicum of transparency,” the senators said.

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Russian billionaire Yelena Baturina, who was married to former Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov, gave $3.5 million in 2014 to a company linked to Hunter Biden, according to a 2020 report.
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Weiss is a holdover from the Trump administration who was allowed to stay on to complete the investigation.

Grassley and Johnson led congressional investigations into Hunter Biden’s business dealings in countries where his father wielded influence as vice president, including China and Ukraine.

A bombshell September 2020 report by Johnson and Grassley said a firm linked to Hunter Biden received $3.5 million in 2014 from Russian billionaire Yelena Baturina, who was married to former Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov .

Delaware computer repairman John Paul Mac Isaac cited the Senate report as reason for presenting an abandoned laptop computer by Hunter Biden that contained explosive communications that contradicted Joe Biden’s claim that he had no never talked to his son about his overseas business deals.

Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, speaks to guests during the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House, April 18, 2022.
Hunter Biden’s criminal attorney worked with McQuaid, Johnson and Grassley pointed out.
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The laptop documents included an email stating that Joe Biden had attended a 2015 dinner with Ukrainian gas executive Vadym Pozharskyi of Burisma Holdings, which paid Hunter Biden $1 million per person to sit on the its board while Joe Biden led the Obama administration’s Ukraine policy.

A May 13, 2017 email said the “big guy” would get a 10% stake in a corporate entity created by Hunter Biden with Chinese energy company CEFC. Former Hunter Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski said he spoke with Joe Biden in May 2017 about the Chinese company and the president was the “big guy”.

Hunter Biden confirmed in late 2020 that he was under federal investigation for possible tax evasion. The investigation is also believed to be assessing possible breaches of money laundering and foreign lobbying laws. Entertainment lawyer and novelist Kevin Morris recently paid a tax bill of more than $2 million on behalf of Hunter Biden.

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