Conflict of Interest Uncovered in Hunter Biden’s ‘Sweetheart’ Plea Deal

On Monday, critical details about the investigation into First Son Hunter Biden released by the Daily Mail called into question the integrity of the Department of Justice as people accused Hunter of getting a ‘sweetheart deal’ relating to tax and firearms crimes.

The report found that one of the prosecutors who signed off on Hunter’s lenient sentence recommendation allegedly has a prior business relationship with one of Hunter Biden’s business partners.

Assistant United States Attorney Derek Hines was one of four attorneys to sign off on the charging documents in Hunter Biden’s case. Hines reportedly worked as Special Counsel for Louis Freeh at Freeh Group International Solutions, a lobbying firm that worked with Hunter on business deals that lawmakers are now scrutinizing.

Title 28, Section 45.2 of the Code of Federal Regulations says: ‘no employee shall participate in a criminal investigation if he has a personal or political relationship with […] any person or organization substantially involved in the conduct that is the subject of the investigation’.

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Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wi. said that Hines’s business relationship with Freeh and, by extension, Hunter Biden potentially ‘calls into question the integrity of their entire investigation.’

‘These connections to the Biden family pose significant conflicts that must not be ignored,’ he said.

Garrett Ziegler, who previously worked for the Trump administration and now runs a nonprofit focused on exposing the corruption of the Biden family, called the charges against Hunter a ‘limited hangout.’

‘The charges against Hunter Biden are a limited hangout in the superlative,’ Ziegler said. A ‘limited hangout’ is an intelligence community tactic where someone admits to minor crimes or mistakes to conceal more significant crimes, like the ones laid out in the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop.

‘In fact, those charges are filed by somebody who was a special counsel to Louis Freeh, who is implicated in crimes in the Biden Laptop. He concluded that it is a “full-court suppression campaign, even today.”

Freeh reportedly described the Biden family as ‘close friends’ of his and gave $100,000 to the Bidens in the form of a trust for their grandchildren. He also sat on the board of the Beau Biden Foundation, named after Joe Biden’s deceased son.

This is not the first time there has been a potential conflict of interest regarding the investigation into Hunter Biden.

In 2021, it was revealed that DoJ criminal division chief Nicholas McQuaid previously worked with Hunter Biden’s defense attorney.

‘Since Feb. 2021, Sen. Grassley and I sent multiple letters to DOJ demanding assurances that Nicholas McQuaid, the former head of DOJ’s criminal division, who had a Hunter Biden connection, had recused himself from the Hunter Biden investigation,’ Senator Johnson said.

‘The DOJ refused to provide a clear answer,’ he concluded.

He said that the DoJ’s lack of transparency surrounding the conflicts of interest casts doubt on the ‘integrity of their entire investigation.’

‘DOJ’s apparent unwillingness to remove any doubt about conflicts in the Hunter Biden case calls into question the integrity of their entire investigation.’

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