Joe Biden is telling staffers that he wants the Justice Department to prosecute former President Trump and other political opponents.
In an article about Attorney General Merrick Garland ‘facing pressure as the January 6 investigation widens,’ The New York Times claimed Biden wants Garland to prosecute Trump.
The New York Times reported: “As recently as late last year, Mr. Biden confided to his inner circle that he believed former President Donald J. Trump was a threat to democracy and should be prosecuted, according to two people familiar with his comments.”
“And while the president has never communicated his frustrations directly to Mr. Garland, he has said privately that he wanted Mr. Garland to act less like a ponderous judge and more like a prosecutor who is willing to take decisive action over the events on January 6.”
Joe Biden’s son Hunter is currently under federal criminal investigation for tax evasion, foreign lobbying and money laundering.
So the question is, if Joe Biden wants the DOJ to prosecute Trump, how much is he interfering or influencing the federal investigation into Hunter?
The New York Times reported:
The Jan. 6 investigation is a test not just for Garland, but for Biden as well. Both men came into office promising to restore the independence and reputation of a Justice Department that Trump had tried to weaponize for political gain.
For Biden, keeping that promise means inviting the ire of supporters who say they will hold the president to the remarks he made on the anniversary of the assault on the Capitol, when he vowed to make sure “the past isn’t buried” and said that the people who planned the siege “held a dagger at the throat of America.”
Justice Department officials do not keep the president abreast of any investigation, including those involving his children, several people familiar with the situation said. The cases involving Hunter Biden and Ashley Biden are worked on by career officials, and people close to the president, including White House counsel Dana Remus, have no visibility into them, those people said.
The Justice Department has given no public indication about its timeline or whether prosecutors might be considering a case against Trump.
The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack can send criminal referrals to the Justice Department, but only the department can bring charges. The panel is working with a sense of urgency to build its case before this year’s midterm elections, when Republicans could retake the House and dissolve the committee.