Choose Merrick Garland mentioned he hasn't mentioned the federal investigation into Hunter Biden's funds with President Joe Biden because the nominee for lawyer common faces questions on his independence and oversight of current, politically fraught investigations.At Monday's affirmation listening to, Senate Judiciary Committee Rating Member Chuck Grassley of Iowa requested if Garland ever talked with the president in regards to the Justice Division's probe into Hunter Biden's funds and taxes, a query that was anticipated to be a key subject for Republicans. Late final yr, Biden's son launched an announcement that he discovered in regards to the investigation that was opened by the U.S. lawyer's workplace in Delaware again in 2018."I’ve not. The president made abundantly clear in each public assertion earlier than and after my nomination that choices about investigations and prosecutions will likely be left to the Justice Division," mentioned Garland, who presently sits on the U.S. Court docket of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. "That was the explanation I used to be prepared to tackle this job. The reply to your query isn’t any."Hunter Biden's work involving a Ukrainian fuel firm drew intense consideration and scrutiny from Republicans throughout the 2020 marketing campaign and have become a central a part of the primary impeachment inquiry accusing former President Donald Trump of pressuring Ukraine's president to analyze the Biden household.Garland, who was denied a listening to by Republicans when nominated to the Supreme Court docket in 2016, is anticipated to win broad bipartisan assist and sail via the affirmation course of. At his first affirmation listening to, he reiterated his dedication to an unbiased DOJ and pledged to deal with the rise of home extremism and civil rights points. Garland additionally mentioned he would "supervise the prosecution of white supremacists" and others who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6.Grassley additionally pressed Garland on whether or not he'd permit particular counsel John Durham to finish his investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation, commit the required assets to hold out the probe and launch a report on his findings.Former Lawyer Common William Barr appointed Durham in October to function particular counsel to supervise the division's ongoing investigation into the 2016 election and whether or not federal regulation enforcement broke the regulation when investigating Trump's presidential marketing campaign.Garland didn't give a agency reply, noting he would first want to talk with Durham to acquaint himself with the investigation. However the nominee signaled he would possible permit him to maintain investigating as particular counsel."I perceive that he has been permitted to stay in his place. And sitting right here at this time, I’ve no cause to suppose that that was not the right resolution," Garland mentioned."I’d, although, have to speak with Mr. Duham and perceive the character of what he's been doing and the character of the report," he added. "However I’m very a lot dedicated to transparency and to explaining Justice Division decision-making."