Rep. Raskin Expresses Faith in Justice System to Resolve Hunter Biden Case – “Let the justice system run its course,” Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) said Sunday in support of the naming of a special counsel in the Hunter Biden case. Attorney General Merrick Garland assigned special counsel status to David Weiss, the federal prosecutor who has been examining the president’s son for a period of five years, on Friday. “I have concluded that it is in the public interest to appoint him as special counsel,” Garland said.
Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” Raskin said, “This is why we have a Justice Department. Let’s just let them do their job.” Raskin said the upgraded status for Weiss, who was appointed to his position by former President Donald Trump, serves to “formalize” his authority to pursue a case against Biden, wherever it may lead. “He wants to be certain that he has the authority to bring charges wherever he wants,” the Maryland Democrat said of Weiss.
House Republicans, spearheaded by House Oversight Chair James Comer (R-Ky.), have been conducting an inquiry into the business transactions and personal behavior of Hunter Biden. The ranking member of that House committee, Raskin said he was very much opposed to any presidential family members “who water-ski along for the ride” by using their family name to benefit financially, as Hunter Biden seems to have done.
Raskin said this is a widespread problem, citing former presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner who “pocketed a cool $2 billion” in investment money from the Saudi royal family after Trump left office. While conversing with host Jonathan Karl, Raskin expressed his opinion that despite the numerous allegations of various wrongdoings against his son, Republicans have not successfully linked Hunter Biden’s misconduct to President Joe Biden.
“They’ve not laid a glove on Joe Biden as president,” he said. Another Democratic lawmaker who has been involved in in the investigations, Rep. Daniel Goldman (D-N.Y.), echoed Raskin’s rhetoric on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I defer to Merrick Garland and David Weiss,” he said. “If Hunter Biden has committed crimes, he should be charged with them.”
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“I’m a Democrat saying that. You don’t hear any currently elected Republican saying that if Donald Trump committed crimes, he should be charged with them and held accountable. That’s a critical distinction that the public needs to understand.” Similar to Raskin, Goldman also questioned the intentions of Republicans who initially called for a special counsel in this matter but are now expressing discontent with the decision. “No one knows what the evidence is, so when they say this is a sweetheart deal, they are blowing smoke,” he said.