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US Department of Justice launches probe into Hunter Biden’s ‘tax affairs’ amid calls for ‘special counsel’

The son of nominal President-elect Joe Biden issued a statement on Wednesday, saying that the US Attorney’s Office in his home state of Delaware notified his lawyers that “they are investigating my tax affairs.”

He added that he expects a “professional and objective review” to demonstrate that he handled his taxes legally and appropriately with the help of professional advisers.

“This is why Attorney General (William) Barr needs to appoint a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden,”  US Representative Ken Buck (R-Colorado) said on Twitter. “It would be wildly inappropriate if his dad’s AG was involved in this matter.”

Buck had already called earlier this week for a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings to ensure that foreign governments aren’t able to use blackmail to influence US policies if Joe Biden takes office in January. Media outlets have declared Joe Biden winner of the presidential election, but incumbent Donald Trump is challenging the results in court, alleging massive fraud.

By appointing a special counsel who could operate independently, the government would avoid having the investigation done through the Department of Justice, which would become part of the Biden administration. Trump demanded in October that Barr open an investigation of Hunter Biden after reports by the New York Post alleged that the Biden family profited from peddling of political influence in Ukraine and China.

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