Former Vice President Mike Pence said he welcomes the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden.
Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the appointment Friday, saying that longtime US attorney David Weiss, who has overseen the Biden investigation, will be appointed as special counsel to continue the investigation into President Joe Biden’s son.
“I think it’s about time we see special counsel appointed to find out not just what Hunter Biden was doing, but what the Biden family was doing,” Pence told reporters at the Iowa State Fair on Friday. . “The American people deserve answers and I welcome the nomination.”
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Hunter Biden had entered into a plea deal with prosecutors to resolve tax evasion and gun charges stemming from Weiss’s five-year investigation, but the deal was unraveled in court last month amid objections from Republican members of Congress.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Pence took the opportunity to highlight his own son’s military service.
“To be honest, I don’t agree with what his son did when he was vice president,” Pence said. “When I was vice president, my son flew an F-35 for the Marine Corps to defend this country.”
Mike Pence: Donald Trump is ‘missing an opportunity’ by not sitting down with Governor Kim Reynolds
Pence spent Friday at the Iowa State Fair, where he started his day by meeting with Governor Kim Reynolds for an interview-style fair-side chat.
Reynolds has invited all Republican presidential candidates to join the chats. Former President Donald Trump is the only candidate not on the agenda.
“I think anyone who doesn’t sit down with Governor Kim Reynolds is missing an opportunity just as much as if they skip a debate,” Pence told reporters.
Trump recently attacked Reynolds, who remains neutral in the 2024 presidential race, for not endorsing his candidacy.
Trump has also declined to say publicly whether he will attend the first Republican presidential primary debate in Milwaukee later this month.
Pence praised Reynolds, saying he is “incredibly proud” of her record.
“The way she has balanced budgets, reduced taxes, expanded educational choice and championed the right to life has truly been an inspiration to people in this state and across the country as well,” he said.
Chuck Grassley says “it’s about time” a special counsel was appointed to investigate Hunter Biden
Pence also toured the Iowa Pork Producers Tent with U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, eating a pork sandwich and shaking hands with carnival goers.
Grassley, a Republican, said it was “about time” for special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden. He said he was one of several Republican lawmakers last September calling for Weiss to be protected by special counsel.
Now, however, Grassley says he has questions about Weiss’ role. He said Weiss did not use documents Grassley sent him, including a controversial and unverified FBI document relating to alleged bribery of Hunter Biden by Ukrainian business officials.
Weiss is an American lawyer from Delaware and was appointed by former President Donald Trump.
Grassley said the special counsel “must follow all the facts wherever they lead and be transparent in the process.”
He said he is concerned about whether the special counsel will cooperate with congressional oversight.
“They had better not appoint this person to obstruct congressional investigations,” Grassley said. “Because we know this administration is just embedded in political bias and they’re doing one thing for a Democrat and one thing for a Republican.”
Garland said he appointed Weiss after Weiss informed him Tuesday that “his investigation had reached a stage where he should continue his work as special counsel.”
Following the special counsel’s investigation, Garland said Weiss will provide him with a report detailing decisions on whether to prosecute. Garland said the Justice Department will make “as much of its report as possible public.”
“The appointment of Mr. Weiss reinforces to the American people the department’s commitment to both independence and accountability in particularly sensitive matters,” Garland said.
USA Today contributed to this report.
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