Biden Picks Hunter-Linked Lawyer to Run DOJ Criminal Division

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Biden picks Hunter Biden-linked lawyer to head criminal DOJ division

President Joe Biden has selected a close colleague of his son Hunter’s lawyer to temporarily head the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

Despite the fact that Hunter Biden is currently under a federal criminal investigation over his shady foreign business dealings, his father Joe decided to hire Nicholas McQuaid, a close colleague of Hunter’s new lawyer, to oversee the DOJ’s Criminal Division.

The DOJ’s Criminal Division is the same agency that’s investigating Hunter Biden. reports: His official, non-acting title is principal deputy assistant attorney general.

Prior to joining the Biden administration, McQuaid was a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP alongside Chris Clark, an associate at the firm.

Clark was hired by Hunter Biden in December, after the son of the 46th president revealed he was under federal investigation for possible tax fraud and money laundering.

In a statement to The Post, a Justice Department spokesperson said when reached for comment, “While not speaking to any particular matter, all department employees are governed by the department’s ethics rules including rules concerning recusal.” 

A representative for Latham & Watkins did not respond to The Post’s request for comment.

Reached by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, who first reported on the relationship, the department also declined to answer specifically whether McQuaid would recuse himself from matters involving Hunter Biden or his former partner. 

McQuaid and Clark worked together on numerous suits during their shared time at Latham & Watkins, as both worked in the white-collar defense and investigations division.

Additionally, the firm filed a motion to withdraw McQuaid from a case Clark was working on one day after Biden took office and McQuaid took the helm at the criminal division.

In his new acting role with the Justice Department, McQuaid will oversee the department’s 600 federal prosecutors, including those involved in the Biden case.

The younger Biden’s lucrative overseas business relationships drew scrutiny during the presidential campaign. 

In the final months of the heated 2020 race, The Post revealed a trove of emails from Hunter’s laptop that raised questions about then-candidate Joe Biden’s ties to his son’s foreign business ventures, including Burisma, a Ukrainian natural gas company linked to corruption.

Additionally, Senate Republicans revealed the findings of their investigation into Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings in September, which said the Obama administration ignored “glaring warning signs” when then-Vice President Biden’s son joined the board of an energy company owned by a corrupt oligarch when he had no energy experience.

Hunter Biden’s position with Burisma — which paid him “as much as $50,000 per month” — “created an immediate potential conflict of interest” because his father was involved in US policy toward Ukraine, the report stated.

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