The Justice Department is being sued by a conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch, for records related to possible FBI obstruction in the Hunter Biden investigation. The suit was filed by the Judicial Watch in response to the agency’s failure to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request submitted in August. In contrary, the FBI believes they have enough to prosecute Hunter Biden for various crimes, so there’s a bit of a murky area when it comes to Judicial Watch, the FBI, and Hunter Biden and the alleged crimes.
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The suit also argues that the watchdog group has a legal right to view those documents and that the agency violated the FOIA request.
This request, notably, also mirrors one sent by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who penned a letter in July asking Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray regarding the same information. Grassley is the ranking GOP member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The demands by the FOIA request from Judicial Watch include: “All unclassified records including emails, email chains, email attachments, notes (digital and/ or hand-written), briefings, data, documents, letters, evidence, assessments, in the possession of FBI” and “Supervisory Intelligence Analyst Brian Auten concerning an August 6, 2020, briefing provided to members of the U.S. Senate, specifically, Senator’s Johnson and Grassley.”
Biden revealed in 2020 that he was under federal investigation for his taxes, not so long after the 2020 election. At the time, Biden expressed confidence that a “professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisors.”
While initially, the focus of the FBI investigations was on his overseas business dealings and consultant work in Ukraine and China, eventually the inquiry changed focus to “whether he did not report all of his income, and whether he lied on gun purchase paperwork in 2018, according to the people familiar with the situation,” as per a report on Washington Examiner.
The FBI was accused by Tom Fitton, the President of Judicial Watch, of trying to protect Biden. In a statement, Fitton said: “The Justice Department and the FBI have been irredeemably compromised and their refusal to follow federal transparency law further confirms their corruption.”