What is generally referred to as the "Hunter Biden Laptop" encompasses many serious issues. It is a grave mistake to dismiss it as the laptop, or the porn, or Hunter's drug abuse, or back taxes.
Before the 2020 election, the New York Post broke the laptop story. The Big Tech, the media, and the intelligence community muzzled the information to keep voters in the dark. News reports point to involvement by President Biden in Hunter Biden's questionable business dealings. Here are some of the vexing questions:
First, did Hunter Biden parlay his connection to Vice President Biden to promote his business?
Second, what is the extent of President Biden's involvement in his son's business dealings?
Attorney General Merrick Garland must appoint a special counsel for the following reasons:
1) DOJ Conflict Of Interest
Attorney General Merrick Garland directly reports to President Biden. Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss is currently investigating Hunter Biden. He reports to AG Garland and is part of the Department of Justice. David Weiss's investigation began before the 2020 election and is continuing.
To investigate your boss is a sensitive issue with an inherent conflict of interest. A Federal appeals panel of judges appointed Kenneth Starr to investigate President Clinton to prevent such a scenario. Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller to investigate President Trump. A special counsel keeps out the issue of conflict of interest and offers an unbiased probe.
2) FBI's Handling
Many news reports have alleged that the FBI deliberately ignored "Hunter Biden laptop" before the 2020 election. It also overlooked revelations by Tony Bobulinski, a former business associate of Hunter Biden.
TIPP Polls have shown that Americans lack trust in the FBI. They also think that it suffers from a two-tier justice system. Americans believe the FBI rides roughshod on Republicans and treats Democrats with kid's gloves.
According to a New York Post report this week, 33 Republican senators wrote to the Attorney General on Monday. In the letter, the senators asked for a special counsel. They noted the "politicization" of the Justice Department, a lack of public trust in the authorities, and recent whistleblower allegations of a coverup within the FBI.
"Given the politicization of the DOJ under your watch and the importance of avoiding any appearance of impropriety, the undersigned request that you provide U.S. Attorney Weiss the full protections and authorities of a special counsel," the letter said. "This is one important action that you can take that will go a long way in restoring faith in our governmental institutions."
President Biden, during the debates in 2020, denied any knowledge of Hunter Biden's business dealings. But, Tony Babulinski has revealed that the parameters of business deals included a share of proceeds for the President. If Babulinski is correct, it is troubling.
4) Unending Revelations
It is drip, drip, drip. Nowadays, revelations related to the "Hunter Biden laptop" have become frequent and a daily matter. Here are a few examples. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, recently revealed that Facebook throttled the Hunter Biden story before the 2020 election. And that it was at the request of the FBI. Recently many whistleblowers have alleged that the FBI mishandled the issue.
5) Political Theater
Republicans are likely to take control of the House after the midterm elections. The issue will be a top priority for investigation by House committees. The media and Democrats will brand it as a "partisan investigation." Amid the political theater, a special counsel could bring some objectivity.
Early this month, Reuters reported that the Treasury Department turned down a request for financial "suspicious activity reports" on Hunter Biden by Representative James Comer of Kentucky, the top Republican on the House Oversight and Reform Committee. Treasury said it would consider only official requests from relevant congressional committees.
A special counsel would have broader powers devoid of political interference.
7) Escape Hatch
There are two ways Hunter Biden can escape the justice system. One, his dad gives him a pardon. Second, the Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss investigating Hunter Biden could work out a plea bargain if he is found guilty. It could seal all laptop-related records. News reports have indicated that Hunter Biden has caught up with his taxes. Questions will linger if the documents are sealed, and President Biden's role is not fully investigated.
8) Public Opinion
In a recent TIPP Poll of 1,335 Americans, only 30% follow the Hunter Biden laptop story. But, 79% of those following the story think that the outcome of the 2020 Presidential election might have been different had the public known about the story.
Eighty-one percent of those following the story believe that the AG must appoint a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden's laptop-related issues. Those who subscribe to this notion include 66% of Democrats, 92% of Republicans, and 79% of independents.
The media must not trivialize the issue and should accord the seriousness it deserves. Attorney General Garland must appoint a special counsel or designate David Weiss as a special counsel. Such a measure is necessary to restore faith in the country's judiciary and investigative agencies.
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