GOP Senator Grills AG Garland Over Handling of Hunter Biden Tax Case

Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana raised questions on Wednesday about the Department of Justice’s decision regarding the statute of limitations for alleged tax crimes involving Hunter Biden. Kennedy queried Attorney General Merrick Garland during a hearing, expressing concern over why the DOJ allowed the expiration of the statute of limitations for potential tax charges against Hunter Biden in Washington, D.C.

The decision not to collaborate with special counsel David Weiss on the Hunter Biden case, made by Biden-appointed U.S. Attorney Matthew Graves of the District of Columbia, led to the expiration of the statute of limitations for potential tax charges related to Hunter Biden’s income from Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy firm. Kennedy accused the president’s son of various tax crimes and questioned why the DOJ permitted the passage of time to the extent that Hunter Biden cannot be prosecuted.


Kennedy alleged, “Mr. Hunter Biden did not pay taxes on $1 million in 2014 and 2015, and he deducted payments from his income tax for personal expenses when he did file for hookers, for a Lamborghini, for strip clubs, for sex clubs, for porn website memberships.” He pressed Garland on why the Department of Justice allowed the statute of limitations to run out.

Garland responded, “As you well know, Senator, that investigation is being conducted by Mr. Weiss, who was appointed by President Trump to be the U.S. attorney in Delaware.” He explained that much of the investigation occurred during the previous administration and is now being pursued by Weiss as a special counsel.

Kennedy challenged Garland, asking if he was implying that the situation was President Trump’s fault. Garland clarified that he did not intend to assign blame and emphasized that Weiss would address the matter in his report.

Kennedy accused the DOJ of allowing Hunter Biden to evade prosecution despite alleged criminal activities. Garland refrained from commenting on ongoing investigations and assured that Weiss would provide explanations in his report.

Kennedy proposed that Garland accompany Weiss for testimony, but the attorney general declined, deeming it unnecessary.

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