Biden flirts with crossing ethical lines in talking about DOJ’s Hunter investigation, experts say
- May 9, 2023
FIRST ON FOX: Ethics experts tell Fox News Digital that President Biden is flirting with crossing ethical lines in talking about the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) investigation into his son, Hunter Biden.
Fox News Digital reached out to several ethics experts to weigh in on the president proclaiming his son’s innocence as Hunter faces down potential DOJ charges.
Cully Stimson, a senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, told Fox News Digital that like “most fathers, President Biden is going to defend his son.”
Mike Chamberlain, director of Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT), told Fox News Digital there “is a reason that officials, including the President in past occasions, normally refuse to comment on ongoing investigations.”
“Especially in the case of the President, whom DOJ officials are ultimately responsible to, any statement commenting on a case or investigation could likely sway those working on the case and could tend to manipulate the outcome,” Chamberlain warned.
“While this is clearly irresponsible, it may be worse,” he continued. “Given that the DOJ is already under fire after reports that a whistleblower has alleged political interference in career officials’ recommendations to prosecute Hunter Biden, the President’s statement could be interpreted by some as akin to potential obstruction of justice.”