Republican presidential candidates in Iowa have criticized the news that the prosecutor investigating President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, has been elevated to special counsel status. During a campaign stop in Audubon, Iowa, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida expressed doubt about the independence of the special counsel, David C. Weiss. DeSantis suggested that Weiss would receive preferential treatment and said, “It just seems to me that they’re going to find a way to give him some type of soft-glove treatment.” Similarly, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, spoke disdainfully of Weiss’s new title and power. Haley stated on Fox News, “I don’t think the American people trust the Department of Justice or anything this is going to do. I think this was meant to be a distraction.”
However, Haley also characterized the appointment as a response to the pressure the Biden family is facing and urged House Republicans to continue their investigations into the Bidens. So far, these investigations have not uncovered any concrete evidence that President Biden used his influence as vice president to benefit his son’s business deals.
Weiss, a federal prosecutor in Delaware, was originally appointed by former President Donald J. Trump and was kept in his position by President Biden to avoid accusations of seeking special treatment for his son. Former President Trump released a statement, attributed to a spokesperson, claiming, without evidence, that the Department of Justice has protected President Biden, Hunter Biden, and other family members “for decades.” The statement cast doubt on Weiss’s independence and criticized him for not bringing proper charges after a four-year investigation of Hunter Biden. In contrast, the special counsel Jack Smith has brought two indictments against Trump.
Former Vice President Mike Pence, who was attending the Iowa State Fair, expressed approval of the Department of Justice’s decision to enhance Weiss’s power. Pence stated, “I think it’s about time that we saw the appointment of a special counsel to get to the bottom of not only what Hunter Biden was doing, but what the Biden family was doing. The American people deserve answers, and I welcome the appointment.”
In summary, Republican presidential candidates in Iowa have largely criticized the elevation of the prosecutor investigating Hunter Biden to special counsel status. They expressed doubt about Weiss’s independence and questioned the motives behind the appointment. However, they also viewed it as a response to the pressure on the Biden family and called for further investigations. Former Vice President Pence supported the decision and emphasized the need for answers.