U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) on Thursday morning publicly called on the U.S. Department of Justice to appoint a special counsel to oversee the federal criminal investigation into Hunter Biden, the son of President-elect Joe Biden.
The Biden-Harris transition team earlier this month admitted that Hunter is under investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware for financial related matters.
National outlets subsequently reported that the probe is significantly wider and goes back further than the statement by the Bidens would have led the public to believe.
Not only is Hunter under the microscope, but so is Joe’s brother, James. Additionally, it has been reported that Joe had a key to Hunter’s business office, leading to more questions about the former vice president’s involvement and knowledge. Emails indicate that Hunter listed his “office mates” as his father, Jill Biden and his uncle for space he planned to share with an “emissary” for a chairman of a Chinese energy company.
With the Biden administration currently expected to take office on January 20, there are worries that Biden’s DOJ could shut down or interfere with the investigation into the family.
Making matters worse, Biden has not yet appointed an attorney general — essentially the only major cabinet pick he has not named.
Reporting has indicated that outgoing U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) is the leading candidate for the job, which raises even more red flags. Jones said on the campaign trail when he was first elected in 2017 and then again this year that he has known Biden since the late 1970s. Alabama’s junior senator has advised he believed Biden would be a “great” president since 1977. The two have been good friends since shortly after, when Jones was a Judiciary Committee staffer while Biden was on the committee. Jones served as Biden’s presidential state campaign chairman in 1988 and then again supported his bid in 2008. This time around, Jones’ support was especially fervent.
Jones even stumped for Biden virtually at times instead of focusing on his own ill-fated campaign in recent months, including in Ohio and at the Democratic National Convention. Biden also filmed a campaign video for Jones, in which Biden mistakenly stated that Democrats controlled the Senate.
Speaking to supporters at a drive-in rally this fall, Jones reminisced on Biden encouraging him to run for the Senate in 2017: “Joe said something to me that I’ll never forget. … At that point in 2017, Donald Trump had only been in office a few months. … So, Joe and I talked about the hope, we talked about the future, we talked about where Alabama has been and where we could go. And I’ll never forget this conversation at home, it’s late one night — because he likes to call me late. And he said, ‘Doug, you have got an opportunity. … You have an opportunity with your background, with your history, with your compassion, with trying to help people. You’ve got an opportunity to redeem the soul of Alabama.’”
“What I didn’t know when Joe Biden said that to me was that two years later, we’d be talking about not just redeeming the soul of Alabama, but we’ve got to redeem the soul of America,” the senator added. “We’ve got to redeem the soul of America.”
He subsequently highlighted that Biden escorted him to the Senate floor to be sworn in as a senator in January 2018.
During Biden’s 2020 campaign, Jones endorsed his longtime friend from the outset of his candidacy, subsequently defending him during his most controversial moments.
Indeed, Jones tied himself in knots being a Biden surrogate at times, including when CNN’s Van Jones asked, “Are you worried at all about some of these kind of missteps, the fumbles, the senior moments? I mean, a lot of people are talking about that behind closed doors.”
Jones at the time claimed, “You know, look — those moments of Joe’s are not ‘senior moments.’ Those are ‘Joe Biden moments.’”
The senator during this campaign cycle also pushed back on Congressman Bradley Byrne’s (AL-01) call for an investigation into Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings and how Joe Biden was involved.
Jones’ campaign spokesperson, releasing a statement on behalf of the candidate, incorrectly asserted about one year ago, “Information about Joe Biden and his son has been around for a long time and all alleged improprieties have been debunked by numerous sources.”
We now know that the very same federal investigation Jones would have to oversee as AG into Hunter Biden was ongoing when that statement was made.
Additionally, Jones defended Biden when he came under fire for remarks about former segregationist Democratic senators, as well as deeming sexual misconduct allegations against Joe Biden as distractions from beating President Donald Trump in 2020.
Speaking to the sexual assault allegations made against Biden by his former staffer Tara Reade, Jones commented, “The more that comes out, the more and more it, to me, does not have the indicia of credibility that I would be looking to at all.” Jones then went silent on the matter after Reade’s account was corroborated and she interviewed with “60 Minutes” in Australia.
All-in-all, it is not hard to see why Jones’ objectivity regarding the Bidens would already be in question as attorney general.
Compounding the situation, Joe Biden this week continued to gaslight the American public, claiming that the federal investigation into his son is “Russian misinformation.” This came despite his own transition team and Hunter Biden confirming the investigation on the record.
With the added pressure this would put on an Attorney General Doug Jones — or another of Biden’s potential DOJ picks — a special counsel could very well be needed to ensure that bias, or the perception of bias, does not interfere with justice being done.
To this point, Loeffler tweeted, “The Department of Justice MUST do the right thing.”
“Appoint a special counsel on Hunter Biden NOW!” she added.
Fox News reported Wednesday that leaders within the DOJ are currently debating the issue internally.
Sean Ross is the editor-in-chief of The Georgia Memo and Yellowhammer News. You can reach him via email at Sean@GeorgiaMemo.com