Garland says he has not discussed the Hunter Biden case with the president

Garland faced questions about Hunter Biden during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee

Judge Merrick Garland on Monday said he has not discussed the federal investigation into Hunter Biden’s tax affairs with President Biden.

During his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, Garland was asked about his conversations with the president.

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"I have not," Garland said, adding that President Biden "has made abundantly clear" in his public statements "before and after my nomination" that decisions about prosecutions would be left to the Justice Department.

"That was the reason that I was willing to take on this job," Garland said. "So the answer is no."

In December, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the president would not discuss any investigation related to Hunter with anyone he was considering for attorney general.

Hunter Biden confirmed that he was under federal investigation for his "tax affairs" in December. The investigation is being led out of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware.

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A well-placed government source told Fox News that Hunter Biden is a subject/target of the grand jury investigation. According to the source, a "target" means that there is a "high probability that person committed a crime," while a "subject" is someone you "don't know for sure" has committed a crime. 

The source also told Fox News that this investigation was predicated, in part, by Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) regarding suspicious foreign transactions. 

Another source familiar with the investigation told Fox News that the SARs were regarding funds from "China and other foreign nations."

The investigation, according to a source familiar with the matter, began in 2018. 

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Earlier this month, the president and the Justice Department asked U.S. attorneys appointed by former President Trump to resign from their posts by the end of the month.

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The U.S. attorneys will begin transitioning out of their roles, with the exception of the prosecutor overseeing the federal tax investigation into Hunter Biden, David Weiss for Delaware. John Durham, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, will resign from his position as U.S. attorney but will stay on as special counsel to continue his now years-long investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.

Garland, during his hearing, said that he has "no reason to doubt that was the correct decision," pointing to the move to ask Weiss to stay on as U.S. attorney amid the investigation, which he said he had heard was "proceeding discreetly." 

Fox News' Jake Gibson contributed to this report.