Let’s hope his replacement in the next few days has more testicular fortitude.
Barr Won’t Appoint Special Counsel to Probe Vote-Fraud Claims or Hunter Biden
Attorney general says he believes the investigation into President-elect Joe Biden’s son is ‘being handled responsibly and professionally
By: Wall Street Journal, Dec. 21, 2020:
WASHINGTON—Attorney General William Barr said he saw no reason to appoint a special counsel to investigate allegations against Hunter Biden or election fraud on Monday, saying he believed the investigation into President-elect Joe Biden’s son was “being handled responsibly and professionally.”
Mr. Barr made the comments at a press conference to announce new criminal charges related to the bomb that exploded a plane over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988.
The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Mr. Barr’s comments come days before he is set to depart from his post, amid disagreements between him and President Trump over the treatment of Hunter Biden and allegations of election fraud. He said he hoped the Biden administration would handle the investigation into the president-elect’s son “responsibly.”
Mr. Barr’s deputy, Jeffrey Rosen, will become the acting attorney general for the last few weeks of the Trump administration, and could take a different approach. Associates have said they didn’t expect Mr. Rosen to deviate from Mr. Barr’s policies. Mr. Rosen declined to comment on whether he would make such an appointment in an interview with Reuters last week.
Hunter Biden disclosed earlier this month that federal prosecutors in Delaware were investigating his tax affairs. Before the November election, Mr. Barr and other Justice Department officials had worked to keep details of the investigation private to keep the agency out of campaign politics.
Mr. Trump has pushed for appointing special counsels to investigate both the younger Mr. Biden and to investigate his allegations of election fraud related to the November vote, even though no evidence of widespread fraud has emerged.
“To the extent that there is an investigation, I think that it is being handled responsibly and professionally,” Mr. Barr said Monday, in response to a question about whether he would name a special counsel to examine Hunter Biden. “To this point I have not seen a reason to appoint a special counsel and I have no plan to do so before I leave.”
The attorney general previously said the Justice Department hasn’t found evidence of widespread election fraud that would reverse Mr. Biden’s victory, an assessment he repeated when asked Monday if he would appoint a special counsel to examine those allegations.
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