On Tuesday, a group of Senate Republicans called on Joe Biden to withdraw his pick to lead the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.
The demand was made due to the nominee’s connection to the commander-in-chief’s disgraced son Hunter.
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From the New York Post:
The lawmakers, led by Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), are seeking the elimination of Hampton Dellinger’s nomination to lead the agency, which is tasked with handling whistleblowers.
“It is critical for the American people to know that the Special Counsel is fair and impartial,” the senators wrote in a letter to Biden. “Mr. Dellinger’s connection to the Hunter Biden Burisma matter gives us serious pause.”Advertisement
Dellinger was nominated by President Biden last month.
To secure his position as head of the OSC, Dellinger will need to get confirmed by the Senate.
Dellinger worked on the Crisis Management and Government Response team at Boies Schiller Flexner in 2014 — the same year Hunter Biden tapped that firm to assist Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings, where the now-first son was serving on the board at the time.
The pair dined together in March of that year, emails from Hunter’s abandoned laptop show.
It is unclear if Dellinger did any legal work on Burisma’s behalf.
Blackburn was joined by Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz of Texas and Tom Cotton of Arkansas — all members of the Judiciary Committee — in her disapproval.
One of their major concerns was that Dellinger could oversee the agency tasked with protecting whistleblowers — such as the IRS investigators who alleged political interference in the investigation of Hunter Biden earlier this year.
“It is important to note that Mr. Dellinger, as Special Counsel, would be charged with ensuring retaliation against whistleblowers — including the IRS whistleblowers in the Hunter Biden matter — is investigated and corrective or disciplinary action against retaliators is sought,” they wrote.
“The Burisma matter creates significant doubt that he can carry out his duty to safeguard the IRS whistleblowers, who are critical in shedding light on the two-tiered system of justice perpetrated under your watch.”
Back in July, Grassley, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and others implored current special counsel Henry Kerner to evaluate allegations of retaliation against IRS supervisory agent Gary Shapley and agent Joseph Ziegler.
Jim Jordan to IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley: "It looks pretty obvious what happened. Initially, everyone was pounding their chest David Weiss has complete authority, now suddenly he doesn't because you guys came forward and told the truth." @Jim_Jordan pic.twitter.com/oVEo0aEylq
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