Republican senators demand AG Garland give special counsel authority to Hunter Biden prosecutor

The senators said that "evidence seems to be mounting that Hunter Biden committed numerous federal crimes."

Updated: September 19, 2022 - 9:20am

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Dozens of Republican senators are requesting that Attorney General Merrick Garland give special counsel authority to the U.S. attorney investigating President Biden's son, Hunter Biden.

The senators are reportedly making the demand in letter Monday to Garland.

The 33 senators wrote to Garland that "given the politicization" of the Justice Department under his watch, they are requesting him to grant special counsel protections and authorities to U.S. Attorney for Delaware David Weiss, a Trump appointee.

"There is no way of knowing the entire scope of the investigation, but evidence seems to be mounting that Hunter Biden committed numerous federal crimes, including, but not limited to, tax fraud, money laundering, and foreign-lobbying violations," the senators wrote in the letter, obtained by Fox News.

High-ranking GOP lawmakers – including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Chuck Grassley – have signed the letter, on which Texas Sen. John Cornyn is the lead writer.

"It is clear that Hunter Biden thrived off of a 'pay to play' culture of access to his father, then Vice President Joe Biden in exchange for financial compensation," the letter states.