Attorney General William Barr stated on Monday, Dec. 21, that he was not planning to appoint a special counsel to investigate Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, about his business dealings and finances. Barr also stated that he does not agree with those floating the idea of seizing voting machines used in the 2020 election.
No Special Counsel for Hunter Biden
The attorney general addressed reporters in what will likely be his last press conference before he leaves the Justice Department. When asked if he believed a special counsel should be appointed, Barr replied: “I think that to the extent that there is an investigation, I think that it is being handled responsibly and professionally currently within the department, and 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.”
Barr also addressed the topic of seizing voting machines. “I see no basis now for seizure of machines by the federal government — you know, a wholesale seizure of machines by the federal government,” he said.
Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and attorney Sidney Powell are among those promoting the idea that the military should take the voting machines and implement limited martial law to overturn the results of the presidential election.
Barr repeated his assertion that, although there was likely some fraud in the election, he had not seen evidence of enough to change its outcome:
“Let me just say that there is fraud unfortunately in most elections, and we are too tolerant of it, but I was commenting on the extent to which we have looked at suggestions or allegations of systemic or broad-based fraud that would affect the outcome of the election, and I’ve already spoken to that and I stand by that statement.”
The attorney general did say that he hoped Biden would allow special counsel John Durham, who is investigating the origins of the Russia interference probe, to complete his work. “I’m hoping that the next administration handles that matter responsibly,” he said.
The president is believed to have been pushing for a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden. Earlier this month, Trump criticized Barr, referring to him as a “big disappointment.”
The former vice president claimed that he is “confident” that his son was not engaged in any wrongdoing. He stated that he had not discussed the matter with any potential candidates who might replace in a Biden administration.
Will Hunter Biden See Justice?
Barr’s decision is sure to rankle feathers on the right. Many assume that his refusal to appoint a special counsel will ensure that Hunter Biden is not properly investigated. If Biden takes office in January, it seems likely that he might interfere in the inquiry to protect his son.
Of course, appointing a special counsel would not necessarily prevent Biden from scuttling the investigation. However, it would make it more difficult for him to get rid of the individual charged with looking into the younger Biden’s dealings.
Even if the activist media would run cover, the American public would likely frown upon such a brazen display of corruption. But it is worth noting that, even in the absence of a special counsel, stopping the investigation will still have the same effect politically, so it is likely that the inevitable anger against Barr might not be necessary.
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