House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) turned up the heat on the Justice Department on Friday, claiming the DOJ may have failed “to uphold the rights of victims who were sexually exploited by Hunter Biden.”
In a joint Friday letter to DOJ human trafficking coordinator Hilary Axam and crime victims director Kristina Rose, Greene and Comer wrote, “The Committee on Oversight and Accountability continues to investigate whether the Department of Justice (DOJ or Department) is upholding the rights of victims who were sexually exploited by Robert Hunter Biden (Hunter Biden).”
“On July 25, 2023, the Committee requested information regarding DOJ’s handling of victims’ rights in the Hunter Biden investigation and sought a briefing related to the Crime Victims Fund,” they stated. “Four weeks have passed since the deadline, and DOJ has failed to respond to the Committee.”
According to a press release from the Oversight Committee, “Two IRS whistleblowers who investigated Hunter Biden’s evasion of taxes on his $8.3 million in income exposed the Department of Justice’s politicization and misconduct during the investigation before a House Oversight and Accountability hearing.”
The DOJ continues to ignore the Hunter Biden sex trafficking allegations. @RepJamesComer and @RepMTG are renewing their request to DOJ on the mishandling of Hunter Biden victims’ rights. https://t.co/fyoozZ2H5Y
— Oversight Committee (@GOPoversight) September 8, 2023
“Following the whistleblowers’ testimonies, on July 25, Chairman Comer and Rep. Greene wrote a letter to DOJ requesting information related to DOJ’s conduct involving the victims, including why it chose to forgo particular charges and pursue crimes that could preclude victims from receiving relief under the law,” the release continued. “DOJ failed to respond to this letter beyond confirming its receipt.”
“DOJ’s decision to ignore the Committee’s request runs afoul of its own policies in the Justice Manual. The agency’s policies clearly state, ‘it is important that the Department provide timely responses to congressional inquiries,'” the lawmakers wrote. “Unfortunately, DOJ’s leadership continues to apply unwritten exceptions to its own rules and policies when the Bidens are involved.”
“It is unclear to the Committee as to why you both made the alarming decision to ignore our original request,” the stated. “This conduct is unprofessional and concerning given your leadership roles at DOJ. Considering the seriousness of this obstructive behavior, we request information as to whether anyone advised you not to respond to our inquiry, including any Department employee at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware, DOJ Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA), Main Justice, or the White House.”
— BizPac Review (@BIZPACReview) May 3, 2023
Comer and Greene cited an Internal Revenue Service whistleblower whose testimony “indicated that DOJ compiled a list of potential victims relating to an investigation of Hunter Biden for Mann Act violations.”
“These women may be victims under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act and may also be afforded mandatory restitution pursuant to the Mandatory Victim Restitution Act,” they stated. “In light of DOJ’s refusal to communicate in a meaningful way with the Committee, we have great skepticism that DOJ has been adequately communicating with crime victims.”
“Considering DOJ’s public campaign purporting its commitment to prosecuting human trafficking and other sexual exploitation crimes,” they wrote, “DOJ should respond to Congressional requests related to this issue in a timely and thorough manner.”
The duo demanded answers to a list of questions, including, “Who at DOJ received the compiled list of women who were allegedly sexually exploited by Hunter Biden and what did those persons do with that information?”
“Have any victims been notified of their statutory rights related to the Hunter Biden investigation?” they asked. “Does DOJ intend to confer with victims regarding any further steps taken in the case?”
— BizPac Review (@BIZPACReview) July 25, 2023
They also wanted to know if the White House had anything to do with the delayed response.
“Did anyone at the Department or at the White House advise you not to respond to the Committee’s letter dated July 25, 2023?” they asked. “If so, please provide their names.”
Comer and Greene gave the DOJ until September 22 to provide the requested information.
According to the New York Post, “Violations of the Mann Act carry criminal penalties.”
“In a high-profile recent case,” The Post reports, “it was used to prosecute billionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sex-trafficking underage victims.”
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