Republican Lawsuit Aims to Compel DOJ Attorneys to Testify About Hunter Biden

( – The House Judiciary Committee has taken a significant step in its ongoing struggle with the Biden administration over access to information regarding the Hunter Biden criminal investigation. The committee filed a lawsuit against two Justice Department tax prosecutors, Mark Daly and Jack Morgan, whom Republicans have been attempting to interview for several months.

This legal action marks a notable escalation in the separation of powers clash between Congress and the Biden administration, which has now reached the courtroom.

The lawsuit, filed in Washington, DC’s federal court, seeks to compel Daly and Morgan to testify as part of the committee’s impeachment inquiry into the Biden family, which has been ongoing since September. The committee’s complaint, submitted on Thursday, March 21, calls for an emergency order requiring the two prosecutors to testify.

However, the likelihood of immediate action from the court is low, as such lawsuits are often seen as part of political maneuvering between Congress and the executive branch, especially when opposing parties control them.

Republicans have focused on Daly and Morgan in their investigation into the Department of Justice’s handling of Hunter Biden’s criminal case, particularly regarding the decision-making process preceding the charges of tax avoidance. This scrutiny intensified after IRS whistleblowers alleged that the prosecutors initially supported charging Hunter Biden for tax crimes before altering their recommendations.

Attorneys for Daly and Morgan have refrained from commenting on the lawsuit. The Justice Department is expected to represent the prosecutors in court and contest the lawsuit’s claims. The Department of Justice has consistently opposed the House’s attempts to interview Daly and Morgan, arguing that such testimony would violate taxpayer privacy, the secrecy surrounding criminal investigations, and constitutional principles of separation of powers. Despite this, the House has insisted on the prosecutors’ appearance, leading to the current legal standoff.

Previous attempts by Congress to enforce subpoenas through the courts have had mixed results. While the House Judiciary Committee’s lawsuit regarding FBI testimony earlier this year is ongoing, historical precedent suggests that such legal battles often conclude with negotiated agreements rather than court orders.

The current lawsuit echoes past conflicts over congressional subpoenas, notably the protracted legal battle over former Trump White House counsel Don McGahn’s testimony during the Russia investigation.

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