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Donald Trump Jr. Says Chinese 'Investment in Hunter Biden' Will Affect Joe Biden's China Policies
Hunter Biden is currently under investigation by federal investigators in Delaware, but so far no proof of wrongdoing has been uncovered by Congress."China, tells us what we're going to be doing," Trump Jr. said. "You know, that billion dollars to Hunter, that didn't come for free. That was a great return on investment for the Chinese because they know they can get away with it, and our political class will say nothing because they've been on the take in the same way for decades.
The Justice Department appeared to reveal on Friday that its acting criminal division chief, who until recently was a law firm colleague of the defense attorney representing , has recused himself from matters related to the federal investigation into President Biden’s son.
Nicholas McQuaid, a former federal prosecutor, wasacting chief of the Justice Department’s criminal division at the start of the Biden administration. Hunter Biden confirmed in early December, after his father won the 2020 election, that his business dealings were subject to a federal criminal investigation. McQuaid, now an acting assistant attorney general, was a partner at Latham & Watkins, with Christopher Clark, and worked on cases with him right until McQuaid took the job at the Justice Department, according to court filings reviewed by the Washington Examiner.
Biden heads out of D.C. for town hall and first major presidential trip
President Biden took his message to Milwaukee, attempting to move past former president Donald Trump’s impeachment and sell his own agenda. But even as he tries a return to normalcy, Biden’s events are heavily restricted by the pandemic. Speaking at a CNN town hall, Biden pledged that any American who wants a vaccine will have access to one by the end of July. He said he wanted many elementary and middle schools to be open five days a week by the end of April. And he said that "by next Christmas, I think we'll be in a very different circumstance.
Two Republican senators, Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin,acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson for answers in early February as Biden's to lead the Justice Department, Judge Merrick Garland, Senate confirmation. The Justice Department responded on Friday in a letter that appeared to relay that McQuaid had recused from the Hunter Biden investigation led by Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss, though the Biden DOJ letter left some questions unanswered.
“We have confirmed that the Acting Assistant Attorney General recently received ethics and professional responsibility training as appropriate for incoming attorneys. In addition, we have confirmed that the Acting Assistant Attorney General has signed the Ethics Pledge as required under the Executive Order on Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel,” acting Assistant Attorney General Helaine Greenfeld said in a Friday letter obtained by the Washington Examiner. “Pursuant to this pledge and applicable standards set forth in statutes, regulations, as well as longstanding Department policies and procedures, the Acting Assistant Attorney General is screened and recused from matters in which he has a financial interest or a personal business relationship, including matters involving his former law firm.”
The Daily 202: Biden builds back boring in town hall. That’s not a bad thing
Let’s come out and say it: An absence of incendiary tweets doesn’t make a young presidency boring when the administration is facing a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, the resulting economic devastation, the climate crisis and a host of other problems. A running seven-day average of deaths from the virus stood at 2,455. Whatever the assessment of whether Biden is meeting those challenges, these are not boring times. On the substance, the Delaware Democrat probably disappointed progressives on several fronts.
The Justice Department did not say when McQuaid’s apparent recusal had occurred.
In early February, Bidenall Senate-confirmed U.S. attorneys for their resignations, with Weiss as an exception, with Wilkinson asking him to stay on as he investigates Hunter Biden. John Durham was asked to step down as U.S. attorney from Connecticut but was kept on as special counsel.
Grassley and Johnson noted early this month that “it is unclear what role, if any, Mr. McQuaid has in the Hunter Biden case or whether he has any access to the case."
The Justice Department’s government ethics outlinethat “an employee is recused for one-year from a particular matter in which her former firm, former employer, or a client she provided services to within the previous year, is a party or represents a party."
Biden signed anin January that instructs all his appointees to sign a pledge to refrain from “improper interference” with any prosecutorial or investigative decisions at the Justice Department.
The International Criminal Court just elected a new chief prosecutor. Here’s what you need to know.
The ICC’s future will rest on the new prosecutor’s success in opening, trying and closing cases — and being fair. Khan has served in multiple international courts, including the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, established after the Balkans conflict and the Rwandan genocide. More recently, Khan led a United Nations criminal probe into suspected war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide by the Islamic State militant group in Iraq.
The Republican letter sought “to better understand what role, if any, Mr. McQuaid has played in the Hunter Biden investigation.” It included questions about what role McQuaid had with the Hunter Biden investigation, whether McQuaid had access to the DOJ’s case file on Hunter Biden, and whether McQuaid has spoken with the Delaware federal prosecutor or with Clark since he took the DOJ gig. Those specific questions did not appear to be answered in the DOJ letter back, and the Justice Department declined to comment on the Washington Examiner's follow-up questions.
Hunter Biden has reportedly been understretching as far back as 2018 as federal authorities scrutinize his taxes and potentially his foreign business dealings, and the 50-year-old's financial transactions with China might be at the forefront.
McQuaid served as a deputy White House counsel during the Obama administration and spent years as a prosecutor with the Southern District of New York. McQuaid and Clark are listed ontogether throughout 2020.
Jill Biden is hitting the ground running -- in all directions
As far as Jill Biden is concerned, there isn't necessarily going to be one "first lady platform," or even two or three. A month into the job, and Biden has heaped a lot on her agenda, unsure at the moment exactly how it will unfold, only that it will "naturally evolve," she has told her staff.Unlike her predecessor Melania Trump, Biden has packed a calendar-full of events, appearances (most virtual) and interviews, aggressively pursuing policy passion projects, and maintaining her schedule as a teacher at a northern Virginia community college.
In December, Law.com“Hunter Biden hired Latham & Watkins partner Christopher Clark.” Clark, as a New York partner at Latham & Watkins, did not respond to the Washington Examiner’s questions about his work with McQuaid or his representation of Hunter Biden. McQuaid’s name has been removed from the Latham & Watkins website, but he had been as a New York partner.
On Jan. 21, the day after Biden's inauguration, McQuaid waspicked for the DOJ job. That same day, McQuaid told the court he had withdrawn from the case with Clark.
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Joe Biden Backed on Foreign Policy, But China Seen As Weak Point: Poll .
The Pew survey found deep partisan divisions, with Republicans lacking confidence in the president on every major foreign policy issue.Sixty percent of Americans surveyed for research published on Wednesday say they have confidence in the president's foreign policy, but are less convinced that he can perform well on issues relating to China and international trade.