House Republicans have alleged that the Department of Justice (DOJ) ordered investigators to “remove any reference” to Joe Biden from a Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) investigation into his son, Hunter Biden.
In a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, a group of GOP lawmakers cited an anonymous complaint they received alleging that the department directed investigators to “make sure that there was no reference to Joe Biden in the affidavit that was used to seek the warrant.”
The lawmakers also cited an article published in April 2021 by The New York Times, which reported that DOJ officials had ordered investigators to remove mentions of Hunter Biden’s father in order to avoid embarrassing the former President.
The anonymous complaint the Republican lawmakers cited is unsubstantiated and neither the DOJ nor the Biden Administration have responded to the allegation. If true, such a directive would be a clear violation of the Hatch Act, which prohibits the use of government resources for political purposes.
While the allegation is not confirmed, it is important that the DOJ address the issue, and that the Biden Administration take proactive steps to ensure that there is no inappropriate political interference with the department’s investigations.