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According to a recent poll conducted by ABC News/Ipsos, nearly half of Americans have concerns about the fairness and impartiality of the De...

Irma Estes

Irma Estes

17 August 2023 1:28 pm

Poll Shows Majority of Americans Doubt DOJ's Hunter Biden Investigation

Concerns Over Impartiality of Hunter Biden Investigation

According to a recent poll conducted by ABC News/Ipsos, nearly half of Americans have concerns about the fairness and impartiality of the Department of Justice's investigation into Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden. The survey found that 48% of U.S. adults expressed a lack of confidence in the DOJ's ability to handle the inquiry in a nonpartisan manner. These findings suggest a growing skepticism among Americans regarding the integrity of the criminal investigation.

Support for Special Counsel to Investigate Trump

According to ABC News, a recent poll shows that a majority of Americans support the appointment of a special counsel to investigate potential wrongdoing by former President Donald Trump. The poll was conducted in mid-August, shortly after Attorney General Merrick Garland elevated Delaware's U.S. Attorney David Weiss to the position of special counsel. The poll suggests that there is a significant level of public support for further investigation into Trump's actions.

According to a recent poll, the percentage of Americans lacking confidence in the investigation has slightly increased compared to the previous period. In the previous wave, 46% of respondents lacked confidence, while in the current wave, the number has slightly risen. Additionally, the percentage of Americans who expressed "very" and "somewhat" confidence in the investigation has dropped from 35% to 32% across the two poll waves.

A recent survey conducted by Ipsos on August 15-16 included responses from 508 adults. The survey had a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.7 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. The survey also included questions about President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.

Republican Criticism of Special Counsel Appointment

Republicans are criticizing Attorney General Merrick Garland's decision to appoint a special counsel, Michael Weiss, in the Hunter Biden case. They argue that this move gives Weiss more power to bring charges beyond his own district. Republicans claim that the appointment is an attempt to hinder congressional investigations into the Bidens and that a previous plea deal in the case fell apart.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy criticized the Department of Justice (DOJ) under President Biden for potentially obstructing congressional investigations and covering up alleged corruption involving the Biden family. McCarthy specifically questioned the trustworthiness of John Durham, the Special Counsel appointed by the DOJ, suggesting that if Durham negotiated a deal that was not approved, he cannot be relied upon. McCarthy vowed that House Republicans would persist in their pursuit of the truth for the benefit of the American people.

Democratic Support for DOJ and President Biden

Democrats in Congress are standing up for the Department of Justice and President Biden, stating that Republicans have not provided any evidence of wrongdoing on Biden's part. They believe that the GOP is trying to divert attention from ongoing criminal investigations into former President Trump. It is noted that both Trump and Biden's father are planning to run for the presidency again in the 2024 election.

Rep. Dan Goldman, a Democrat from New York, expressed his belief that the appointment of a special counsel demonstrated the Department of Justice's independence. He made this statement during an interview on CNN. On the other hand, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, also a Democrat from New York, argued during an appearance on MSNBC that Republican investigations were not important to the average American citizen.

Hunter Biden's Legal Battle and Charges

Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, has pleaded not guilty to tax charges in Delaware. However, his lawyer has expressed a desire to move the case to trial in either Washington, D.C., or California. The charges against Hunter Biden are misdemeanors and relate to an alleged failure to pay taxes on over $1.5 million in income for the years 2017 and 2018. If convicted, each charge carries a maximum penalty of 12 months in prison.

The article discusses the legal battle between Hunter Biden's legal team and prosecutors over a pretrial diversion agreement on a felony firearm offense. Prosecutors have accused Biden of knowingly possessing a firearm while being an "unlawful" drug user in 2018. The article mentions that if convicted, Biden could face up to 10 years in prison for this charge.

Whistleblower Testimony and DOJ Denials

According to whistleblower testimony, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents who were involved in the Hunter Biden case have alleged that the investigation was deliberately delayed, potentially preventing additional charges from being filed. However, Department of Justice (DOJ) officials have denied these claims and pushed back against accusations of political bias in the case.

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