DOJ resigns Trump-era U.S. lawyers but retains Hunter Biden’s test: CNN

  • The Department of Justice plans to resign 56 U.S. lawyers appointed by Trump, CNN reported.
  • But he plans to keep two others who are working on ongoing investigations.
  • One of them, David Weiss, is investigating Hunter Biden’s taxes.
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The Justice Department plans to resign almost all U.S. lawyers appointed by Trump, CNN reported Monday.

The department is obviously planning to maintain two so they can continue the investigation. These, according to CNN:

  • Delaware’s U.S. attorney is leading an investigation into President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter’s taxes. Attorney General Monty Wilkinson on Monday night asked him to continue working.
  • Connecticut U.S. attorney John Durham investigated the origins of the FBI investigation into former President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. An unnamed senior DOJ official told CNN that Durham is expected to step down as the state’s U.S. attorney, but will continue his investigation.

U.S. attorneys are appointed by a president for four years, and a wholesale transition with a new presidency is routine.

In this case, Biden leaves open an investigation into the two main concerns of the Trump era, both with separate political overtones.

Weiss’s investigation against Hunter Biden began in 2018 and, due to its politically sensitive nature, was suspended during the 2020 presidential election.

The current investigation began with an investigation into potential money laundering, but has become an investigation into Hunter Biden’s tax affairs. Investigators cited documents related to his transactions in China and Ukraine, although it is unclear whether these play a central role in the investigation.

Biden Jr.’s business and tax activities during the 2020 presidential campaign were a key point of conversation for Republican campaigners and right-wing reporters, especially over the questionable story of the October New York Post that his father was influenced by an email from a Ukrainian official.

It is unclear whether Joe Biden is interested in the ongoing investigation.

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Bill Barr

Bill Barr was the attorney general.

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Durham, the second U.S. attorney to be expected to continue under Biden’s presidency, was appointed in May 2019 by Attorney General Bill Barr. (Wilkinson will serve as Acting Attorney General until the selection of Biden’s attorney, Merrick Garland, is confirmed.)

Barr asked him to investigate whether FBI intelligence on Russian influence during the 2016 presidential election was “legal and appropriate,” as reported by the Associated Press at the time.

This original investigation, eventually led by a special adviser, Robert Mueller, concluded that the Kremlin had tried to influence the 2016 election in Trump’s favor, but found no criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia.

But Trump has long complained about the investigation, repeatedly calling it a “witch hunt,” and called it “fake” even after the report was published.

Nevertheless, in December 2019, the Inspector General of the Department of Justice, Michael Horowitz, concluded that the FBI had a “mandated purpose” in the Trump-Russia investigation.

But Barr disputed those findings, insisting that the office acted in “bad faith.”