For whatever reason out of many possibilities, the Biden Administration recently decided to appoint a special counsel in the Hunter Biden probe. That came after the attempted plea deal the DOJ tried to strike with Hunter Biden, criticized by many for being overly soft on Hunter, was thrown out by a Trump-appointed judge.
Then, during the Monday, August 14, press briefing, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean Pierre was asked about the situation, namely Biden’s “personal reaction” to having to appoint a special counsel to investigate his son.
That came when CNN journalist Seung Min asked, “Okay. Thanks, Karine. Can you — what was — can you discuss at all the President’s personal reaction to — as a father — of the Special Counsel being appointed to inves- — to continue the Hunter Biden probe?”
KJP decided to first argue that the “case was handled independently,” obviously trying to restore confidence in the DOJ as Americans, particularly on the right, grow more and more fed up with it and its antics under Biden and Trump.
Doing that, KJP said, “So, let me just first say — and you’ve heard me say this before — that this case was handled independently by the Justice Department under leadership of a Trump-appointed U.S. attorney, as you all know. This is consistent with what the President has been saying for a long while now, going way back to his campaign days, that he would restore the Department of Justice independence from political interference from the White House. And this is — want to make sure that we continue that.”
Then she insisted that the “White House hasn’t been involved,” telling Seung Min, “Since the White House hasn’t been involved — just to be clear, again — certainly, I would refer you to any — any questions about this specifically to Department of Justice and, certainly, to Hunter Biden’s personal representatives.”
And, ending, she bizarrely praised Hunter, author of the White House’s problems, for “overcoming his addiction.” She said, “I will say this — and you’ve heard this from the President — is that he loves his son, and he is proud of him overcoming his addiction and how he’s continuing to build his life. But I don’t have anything else to add to that.”
Watch that here:
Also during the press briefing, KJP was asked about the controversy over which special counsel was selected from both the right and left, with a reporter asking, “Thank you, Karine. There’s been a — plenty of criticism over Weiss’s appointment as special counsel from the folks who criticized the deal — plea deal he pushed through that was later rejected. But now, the attorney for Hunter Biden also suggested that if Special Counsel Weiss brings any more charges than have already been brought, it would be because something other than the facts and the law have come into play, suggesting that he could potentially buckle to political pressure. So, you’ve had criticism coming from a lot of different areas over Weiss. How can the White House assure people that the case involving the President’s son is being handled fairly?”
Predictably given her other non-answers, KJP gave a non-answer. She said, “Anything that has been stated or said by Hunter’s representative, I would have to refer you to his representatives. That is not something that I will respond to. What I can say — and I’ve said it at the top when I was first asked this question — is that the Department of Justice is independent. That is what the President believes. He believes that this White House will not politicize the Department of Justice. This was done under the leadership of a Trump-appointed U.S. attorney, as you all know. And so I’m just — I’m not going to add anything else to that.”
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