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Graham, Grassley: AG Nominee Garland Facing Questions on Hunter Biden

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Federal Judge Merrick Garland delivers remarks after being nominated to be U.S. attorney general by President-elect Joe Biden at The Queen theater January 07, 2021 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 26 January 2021 08:34 AM EST

President Joe Biden's attorney general nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, can expect questions about the Hunter Biden investigation during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to spokespeople for current Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham and former Chairman Chuck Grassley. 

"Americans deserve to know that this investigation will not be hampered in any way by the change in administrations, and the attorney general nominee should make this point clear," a spokesperson for committee member Grassley, R-Iowa, who was chairman until 2019, told Fox News. "So yes, you can expect that Sen. Grassley will be asking about his role in this investigation."

A spokesperson for Graham, R-S.C., agreed, telling Fox News that "it is very likely the topic is raised."

Garland, currently a circuit judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, would be overseeing the federal investigation into the president's son and could have the power to shut down the probe if he's confirmed. 

A government source told Fox that Hunter Biden's investigation came after Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) regarding foreign transactions. A separate source said the reports regarded funds from "China and other foreign nations."

In September, a GOP-led Senate investigation said that records obtained from the Treasury Department showed that there was "potential criminal activity" with Hunter Biden's transaction. 

Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on "Fox News Sunday" in December that the president wouldn't be discussing any investigation concerning his son with anyone under consideration to become the attorney general. 

Some Republicans are already saying they'll vote to confirm Garland, including Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who released a statement Monday saying he planned to support the nomination unless new information is received. 

"Judge Garland's extensive legal experience makes him well-suited to lead the Department of Justice, and I appreciated his commitment to keep politics out of the Justice Department," said Cornyn. "I think both sides should support a depoliticized Justice Department, and that's what I hope Judge Garland, once confirmed, will deliver."

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President Joe Biden's attorney general nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, can expect questions about the Hunter Biden investigation during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee...
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Tuesday, 26 January 2021 08:34 AM
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