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Biden-Appointed Judge Criticizes DOJ For Ignoring Republican Subpoenas

U.S. District Judge Ana Reyes (Credits: CNN)

U.S. District Judge Ana Reyes, appointed by President Joe Biden, criticized the Department of Justice (DOJ) for ignoring Republican subpoenas connected to Hunter Biden’s investigation.

The controversy centers around allegations against President Biden, claiming he misused his vice-presidential power to benefit his son Hunter’s business ventures, from which he allegedly profited. President Biden has consistently denied any involvement in his son’s business affairs.

Hunter Biden is currently facing charges for not paying $1.4 million in taxes from 2016 to 2019, to which he has pleaded not guilty. His defense criticized the prosecution led by David Weiss, a special counsel appointed during Trump’s presidency, accusing it of caving to political pressures with their charges. However, Judge Mark Scarsi denied all motions by Hunter Biden’s team to dismiss the charges, setting the stage for a trial on June 20.

Department of Justice (Credits: VOA)

The situation intensified when Judge Reyes called out the DOJ for advising two tax division lawyers not to adhere to House Republicans’ subpoenas related to the impeachment inquiry into President Biden, highlighting what she perceived as a double standard.

She referenced Peter Navarro, a former Trump aide, who was imprisoned for failing to comply with a subpoena from the House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot.

Navarro argued that executive privilege exempted him from complying, but his legal challenges to overturn his contempt of Congress conviction were unsuccessful.

He was sentenced to four months in prison and fined $9,500. Reyes pointed out the contradiction in the DOJ’s actions, stressing the inconsistency in enforcing compliance with congressional subpoenas.

The dispute extends to the House Judiciary Committee, which is suing to enforce its subpoena of DOJ attorneys Mark Daly and Jack Morgan regarding their role in investigating Hunter Biden’s tax issues.

Judge Reyes (Credits: NTD News)

House Republicans assert that the testimonies of the two DOJ attorneys are vital for their impeachment inquiry. Conversely, the DOJ contends that compelling its attorneys to divulge details of an active investigation would infringe on the principle of separation of powers.

This legal tangle underscores the tension between congressional oversight and the executive branch’s operation, raising questions about the limits of legislative subpoenas and government officials’ accountability. The spread-out drama promises to have lasting implications for the relationships between branches of the U.S. government and the conduct of political inquiries.

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