Outgoing Attorney General William Burr said on Monday that he saw no reason for a special counsel to handle the criminal investigation of President-elect’s son, Hunter Biden. Joe Biden, President’s resignation Donald Trump once again.
Trump has pushed the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel for the investigation, which focuses on Hunter Biden’s taxesd which is currently being handled by the US Attorney’s Office in Delaware.
Two days before his resignation from the Justice Department, Barre said in a press conference, “To the extent that in an investigation, I think it is being handled responsibly and professionally within the department.”
“And at this point I have not found any reason to appoint a special counsel, and I see no reason to do so before I leave,” Barr said.
“If I think a special counsel was the right tool, I would name one, but I haven’t.”
Barr also said he expected the Biden administration to investigate Hunter Biden “responsibly”.
The appointment of Joe Biden or his officers as a special counsel is seen as a means to prevent any pressure on the US attorney’s office to go smoothly over Hunter Biden.
Special Counsels are appointed by the Attorney General to investigate a lawyer or person when there is a conflict of interest between the federal prosecutor or the divisions of the Department of Justice if they handle the investigation.
Incoming acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen declined to say last week whether he would appoint a special counsel for the Hunter Biden investigation.
US Attorney General William Burr attended a news conference to provide an update on the investigation into the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 on the 32nd anniversary of the attack, December 21, 2020 at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC, US, US.
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Joe Biden has said that he will not interfere in federal prosecutors’ decisions.
“This is not my Justice Department. This is the people’s Justice Department,” Biden said in a recent interview.
Barr submitted his resignation last week, denigrating Trump, denying the president’s claim that he lost the presidential election to Joe Biden as a result of massive ballot fraud.
Barr said in an interview with the Associated Press that the DOJ had seen no evidence to reverse Biden’s election.
On Monday, Barr said he was commenting in that interview on whether systemic or broad-based voting was fraud.
“I stand by that statement,” he said.
US Vice President Joe Biden (R) points to some faces in the crowd with his son Hunter as they walk down Pennsylvania Avenue after President Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony on January 20, 2009 in Washington.
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Hunter Biden, a lawyer and businessman, said two weeks ago that he was the focus of an investigation by Trump, the US attorney for Delvar, his home state. The revelation took place after the presidential election.
Trump was offended by the fact that Barr managed to keep the investigation a secret before the election.
The president has also discussed the appointment of former FBI director Robert Muller in 2017 as special counsel to investigate the 2016 presidential campaign and his contacts with Russia.
Hunter Biden and his father both state that Hunter has not committed any crime.
Last week, when Joe Biden was asked by a reporter, “Are you convinced that your son Hunter did nothing wrong?” He replied, “I am convinced.”
Hunter Biden disclosed the investigation, stating, “I take this matter very seriously but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these cases will show that I have handled my cases legally and fairly, including Benefits of professional tax advisors are also included. “