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Through the U.S. Ambassador, Hunter Biden and his associates tried to get money from the Irish in 2011
Hunter Biden's lawyer, Chris Clark, used to work with a top official at the U.S. Justice Department. This raises serious concerns about possible conflicts of interest at a time when the federal investigation into the president's son, which has been going on for years, is said to be at a critical stage.
Court records show that Clark, a partner at the law firm Latham & Watkins in New York, worked with Nicholas McQuaid on at least four cases when McQuaid was also a partner at the firm.
The cases were business lawsuits with high stakes, and the two often defended clients who were being sued for millions of dollars.
On January 20, 2021, the day President Biden took office, McQuaid was named acting head of the Justice Department's criminal division.
A month before, Clark began to represent Hunter Biden.
The Department of Justice has been looking into Hunter Biden since 2018. Reports say that a probe that started out looking into taxes is now also looking into possible money laundering and breaking of foreign lobbying laws.
CNN said in July that the investigation had reached a key point and that charges could be coming soon, which could put McQuaid in the hot seat.
The fact that McQuaid is in charge of the criminal division at the Department of Justice raises questions about how involved he is in the Hunter Biden investigation. Both the White House and the DOJ have refused to answer these questions.
“It’s yet another abject failure of accountability in a long list,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told The Post. “If Republicans retake a majority in the Senate, the department can expect additional pressure and process from me as chairman [of the Judiciary Committee ] and from my colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee. We’d be seeking information from dozens of individuals, and empowered by a committee majority — we’d no longer just be asking,”
Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson’s office said they had sent no less than five letters on “potential conflicts of interest at the Biden Justice Department. Including McQuaid.”
“Thus far DOJ refuses to provide responses to Sen. Johnson’s questions/requests,” a spokesman said.
The Post asked Clark and the White House for their thoughts, but neither responded. A Department of Justice spokesperson didn't want to say anything, but they did say that McQuaid had signed a "Biden Ethics Pledge" when he joined the DOJ. In it, he agreed to "not for a period of 2 years from the date of my appointment participate in any particular matter involving specific parties that is directly and substantially related to my former employer or former clients, including regulations and contracts."