Acting head of DOJ criminal division is a former associate of Hunter Biden’s lawyer

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A Justice Department official hired under President Joe Biden — and placed in charge of the agency’s criminal division in an acting capacity — is a former close associate of the attorney representing Hunter Biden in his current legal woes.

The department revealed on Inauguration Day that it had tapped Nicholas McQuaid as acting assistant attorney general overseeing the criminal division.

His official, non-acting title is principal deputy assistant attorney general.

Prior to joining the Biden administration, McQuaid was a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP alongside Chris Clark, an associate at the firm.

Clark was hired by Hunter Biden in December, after the son of the 46th president revealed he was under federal investigation for possible tax fraud and money laundering.

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment on McQuaid and Clark’s working relationship. Nor did a representative for Latham & Watkins.

Reached by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, who first reported on the relationship, the department also declined to answer specifically whether McQuaid would recuse himself from matters involving Hunter Biden or his former partner.

McQuaid and Clark worked together on numerous suits during their shared time at Latham & Watkins, as both worked in the white-collar defense and investigations division.

Additionally, the firm filed a motion to withdraw McQuaid from a case Clark was working on one day after Biden took office and McQuaid took the helm at the criminal division.

In his new acting role with the Justice Department, McQuaid will oversee the department’s 600 federal prosecutors, including those involved in the Biden case.

The younger Biden’s lucrative overseas business relationships drew scrutiny during the presidential campaign.

In the final months of the heated 2020 race, The Post revealed a trove of emails from Hunter’s laptop that raised questions about then-candidate Biden’s ties to his son’s foreign business ventures, including Burisma, a Ukrainian natural gas company linked to corruption.

Additionally, Senate Republicans revealed the findings of their investigation into Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings in September, which said that the Obama administration ignored “glaring warning signs” when the then-Vice President Biden’s son joined the board of an energy company owned by a corrupt oligarch when he had no energy experience.

Hunter Biden’s position with the Burisma natural gas firm — which paid him “as much as $50,000 per month” — “created an immediate potential conflict of interest” because his father was involved in US policy toward Ukraine, the report stated.

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