Former top federal official works for law firm defending Hunter Biden

Nicholas McQuaid confirmed his reinstatement this month. GOP prioritizes Biden Family investigation after gaining control of the House of Representatives.

One of the GOP's priorities after winning the House majority is to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter's "shady" business dealings with China. Now, a former senior Department of Justice (DOJ) official has joined the law firm defending the president's firstborn.

Nicholas McQuaid, who has an extensive background in management positions, returned earlier this month to the law firm Latham & Watkins, where he previously worked from 2017 to 2021. His prior federal appointments include serving as acting chief of the DOJ's Criminal Division under Joe Biden.

Since early 2021, the Republican Party pushed to recuse Nicholas McQuaid and convey transparency around the case of the president's son. Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson said in May:

This association creates a clear conflict of interest yet the Department has failed to provide adequate responses to answer the threshold questions about whether Mr. McQuaid has or had any role in the Hunter Biden criminal case and whether he has been recused from it. In light of Mr. McQuaid’s clear conflicts in the Hunter Biden investigation, Attorney General Garland’s silence draws serious suspicion and has cast a cloud over the investigation – a cloud that could easily be removed if the Justice Department showed a modicum of transparency.

"He will not represent Mr. (Hunter) Biden."

A spokesman for the law firm assured the Washington Examiner that McQuaid's reinstatement is unrelated to the Hunter Biden case:

McQuaid did not represent Hunter Biden nor have any involvement in the matter when he was previously at Latham. He also had no involvement in the Hunter Biden investigation while he was at the Department of Justice and he will not be representing Mr. Biden now that he has returned to Latham.