U.S. Attorney General William Barr meets with members of the St. Louis Police Department, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., October 15, 2020.
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Outgoing Attorney General William Barr said Monday that he would not appoint a special counsel to take over the criminal investigation of Hunter Biden, the son of President-elect Joe Biden, undercutting President Donald Trump yet again.
Trump who has mulled pushing the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel for the probe, which is focused on Hunter Biden’s taxes, and which is currently being handled by the U.S. attorney’s office in Delaware.
“To the extent that there’s an investigation, I think that it’s being handled responsibly and professionally within the department,” Barr said at a press conference, two days before his resignation from the Department of Justice.
“And to this point I have no seen reason to appoint a special counsel, and I see no reason to do so before I leave,” Barr said.
Barr is leaving office just before Christmas, having resigned after contradicting Trump’s claim that he lost the presidential election to Joe Biden as a result of massive ballot fraud.
Barr’s statement that the Justice Department has found no evidence to warrant reversing Biden’s election infuriated Trump.
Hunter Biden, a lawyer and businessman, said two weeks ago that he was the focus of an investigation by the Trump-appointed U.S. attorney for Delware, his home state.
Both Hunter Biden and his father have said Hunter did nothing wrong.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (R) points to some faces in the crowd with his son Hunter as they walk down Pennsylvania Avenue following the inauguration ceremony of President Barack Obama in Washington, January 20, 2009.
Carlos Barria | Reuters
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