Attorneys for Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, called for an ethics review of U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., accusing her of spreading “unhinged rhetoric,” in addition to calling for an investigation into a former Trump administration official.
“Representative Greene’s unethical conduct arises from her continuous verbal attacks, defamatory statements, publication of personal photos and data, and promotion of conspiracy theories about and against Robert Hunter Biden,” Abbe Lowell, an attorney for Biden, wrote in a letter to the Office of Congressional Ethics, according to multiple reports.
“None of these could possibly be deemed to be part of any legitimate legislative activity, as is clear from both the content of her statements and actions, and the forums she uses to spew her often unhinged rhetoric,” he added.
Lowell in the letter cited multiple social media posts, according to multiple reports, including some in which Greene accused Biden of being linked to prostitution or human trafficking.
“Not only are these statements false, defamatory, and malicious, but they are undignified from a Member of Congress and far beyond anything close to genuine legislative activities or political advocacy,” Lowell wrote in the letter.
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Greene on Monday hit back at Biden on Twitter, accusing him of “influence peddling” and saying “Come chat with us Republicans on the Oversight Committee. We have a lot of questions.” Greene is a member of the House Oversight Committee.
USA TODAY has reached out to attorneys for Biden and the Office of Congressional Ethics for comment.
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Greene wasn’t Biden’s only target on Monday. Lowell also sent a letter to the Treasury Department’s inspector general office, requesting an investigation into how “suspicious activity reports” from the president’s son’s bank were obtained by Garrett Ziegler, a former Trump administration official. Ziegler published some of the reports, according to multiple reports.
Lowell’s letter referenced comments from Ziegler on Steve Bannon’s podcast last year, when he said an “insider” at JP Morgan “gave us five suspicious activity reports,” according to multiple reports.
The inspector general’s office in a statement to USA TODAY confirmed that it is reviewing the letter from Biden’s attorney.
Biden himself is currently facing multiple inquiries, though he has not been charged with any crimes. His taxes and foreign business work have been under investigation by a federal grand jury, and Republican lawmakers have long raised questions about his work.
An IRS special agent last week sought whistleblower protection to share information about what he alleges is mishandling of an investigation into Biden. An attorney for the whistleblower wrote in a letter to lawmakers that his client has information on a “failure to mitigate clear conflicts of interest in the ultimate disposition” of a criminal investigation related to Biden’s taxes and whether he made a false statement over a gun purchase.
Biden last month filed a claim in federal court over a laptop that contained his personal information being distributed, alleging a computer repairman violated his privacy, among other allegations.
Contributing: Bart Jansen, USA TODAY; Associated Press
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