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 October 7, 2023

Biden administration special counsel nomination raises eyebrows

Yet another special counsel nomination by the administration of President Joe Biden is raising eyebrows. 

According to Fox News, this is because the nomination is of an individual who has deep connections to Biden's son, Hunter Biden. The nominee is Hampton Dellinger.

In a press release published on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023, the White House wrote, "Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate Hampton Dellinger to serve as Special Counsel, Office of the Special Counsel." 

The White House goes on to tell the reader a little bit about the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, which is tasked with handling potential Hatch Act violations and with protecting whistleblowers.

The White House then goes on to provide Dellinger's background.

For example, the White House notes that, from Oct. 2021 to June 2023, Dellinger "served in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) as an Assistant Attorney General overseeing the Office of Legal Policy (OLP)."

In this capacity, the White House reports that Dellinger "vett[ed] potential nominees to the federal judiciary, coordinat[ed] DOJ rulemaking, and handl[ed] policy assignments at the direction of DOJ leaders."

The White House writes that Dellinger was involved in such projects as:

. . . updating guidelines for the support of crime victims and witnesses and making important contributions to the National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking . . . implement[ing the] President’s Executive Order on Advancing Effective, Accountable Policing, and Criminal Justice Practices as well as the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act . . . [and] enhanc[ing] the reliability of forensic science in investigations and prosecutions.

The White House even points out how Dellinger went to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and to Yale Law School.

But, the White House leaves an important piece of information out of Dellinger's biography - namely, his connection to Hunter Biden.

Fox News reports:

Dellinger, who graduated from Yale Law School, worked on Boies Schiller Flexner's Crisis Management and Government Response team while Hunter Biden served as counsel at the firm. The firm had represented Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings, where Hunter Biden had served on its board of directors.

Fox goes on to show that Dellinger and Hunter Biden did work together.

The outlet reports, "Fox News Digital reviewed emails on Hunter's abandoned laptop, which showed he worked intimately with lawyers on the firm's crisis management team and indicated he attended a private gathering with Dellinger and other firm employees in March 2014."

Biden's nomination of Dellinger is questionable, to say the least. But, at the same time, it is not at all surprising. It is the sort of thing that we have come to expect from the Biden administration.

Written By:
Oliver Winters

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