Biden does not ask AG candidates about a Hunter probe, says an aide

President-elect Joe Biden

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President-elect Joe Biden did not make a decision on who to appoint as attorney general, but did not ask candidates about an investigation of his son Hunter, a spokeswoman said.

Jen Psaki, who will serve as press secretary at the Biden White House, told Fox News Sunday that Biden’s deliberations are underway, but that he will not ask questions about it, either before making a choice or after an attorney general office.

“He will not discuss an investigation of his son with any candidate for attorney general – he will not discuss this with anyone he is considering for the position, and he will not discuss this with a future attorney general,” said Psaki.

“It will be up until the competence of a future attorney general in his administration to determine how to handle any investigation, ”she added.

Hunter Biden said earlier this month that he facing a federal investigation into its taxes after its overseas business transactions became a critical point in the 2020 presidential campaign.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly demanded investigations into Hunter Biden, and some Republican lawmakers, including Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, have asked for the appointment of a special attorney.

In an interview with CBS host Stephen Colbert on Thursday, Joe Biden said he believed that efforts to use his son as a political cudgel amount to “dirty play”.

“We have great confidence in our son,” said Biden. “I am not concerned about any charges that have been made against him, it is used to get me. I think it’s kind of a dirty game, but – look, it’s what it is. “

Cloud looms over Biden’s presidency with son under criminal investigation

Investigations include one led by the Delaware Attorney General’s office to see if Hunter Biden violated tax laws and another by the Western Pennsylvania District Attorney General about his activities in Ukraine and possible money laundering, according to a person familiar with the matter. subject discussed the sensitive inquiry on condition of anonymity. At least one of the polls has been underway since 2018, a third person said.

The attorney general is the last of the four highest profile cabinet portfolios for Biden to award. The transition has not yet announced its choices for secretaries of commerce, labor and education. “We have a few more to finish,” said Psaki.