Outgoing Attorney General William Barr said he will not appoint a special counsel to probe Hunter Biden’s alleged unethical and potentially illegal foreign business dealings, and will also not order an investigation into massive election fraud allegations.
Barr, who will step down from his post at the Justice Department this week, stated at a Monday media briefing that he does not see the need for a deep investigation into either issue.
Both issues, of course, are of great concern to President Donald Trump’s base and others who view the election as being marred by fraud and who also view the Biden family as having potentially profited from corruption.
“I think to the extent that there’s an investigation, I think that it’s being handled responsibly and professionally,” Barr stated Monday about appointing a special counsel to look into Hunter Biden, Fox News reported.
“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,” added Barr.
Hunter Biden was reported to have profited from business dealings in China and Ukraine, among other countries, by the New York Post in October.
The reporting, although seemingly credible, was ignored by the establishment media.
The reporting implicated Democratic presumed president-elect Joe Biden as having been directly involved in a business model that more or less saw the younger Biden sell access to the former vice president.
The Post’s account was the most prominent account suspended by Twitter for reporting on the scandal.
Two weeks ago, Hunter Biden, 50, confirmed he is under federal investigation in Delaware, but offered no details.
“I take this matter very seriously but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisers,” he said, according to Politico.
That investigation is apparently sufficient for Barr.
Barr also stated on Monday he will not order an investigation into allegations of widespread election fraud committed during the 2020 presidential election, despite saying he was “sure” fraud was committed, Fox News reported.
Barr said there is “no basis” for seeking to examine voting machines or other avenues where fraud might have changed the election outcome.
“Off the top of my head, I’m not going to opine on a constitutional issue as far as the power goes,” Barr said.
Barr added there is fraud “in most elections” and concluded, “I think we’re too tolerant of it.”
“I’m sure there was fraud in this election, but I was commenting on the extent to which we had looked at suggestions or allegations of systemic or brace fraud that could affect the outcome of the election, and I already spoke to that, and I stand by that statement,” he said.
Barr, according to The Associated Press, had previously stated “to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”
The AG was criticized online by a number of prominent conservatives for his statements about alleged election fraud and Biden family corruption.
The evidence is abundantly clear, Hunter Biden’s business dealings put a Biden Administration at risk for blackmail.
We need to know how much Joe knew. https://t.co/r9s9GCh5Nd
— Congressman Ken Buck (@RepKenBuck) December 21, 2020
With all due respect to Attorney General Barr:
My concern is the scope of the Delaware investigation is limited to tax fraud and will not be a thorough review of Hunter Biden’s extensive business dealings with foreign nations. https://t.co/67XbzfIt3P
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) December 21, 2020
Democrats: Let’s torpedo Trump’s first two years with a special counsel and his last two with a bogus impeachment. Hahaha! Screw them.
Republicans: Let’s do things the “right” way.
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) December 21, 2020
Let me get this straight.
A special counsel was appointed to investigate @realDonaldTrump based on malicious rumors, yet verified facts about Hunter Biden’s business dealings don’t warrant the same treatment? https://t.co/uKRECO1OHc
— Rep. Mark Green (@RepMarkGreen) December 21, 2020
Barr submitted a letter of resignation to President Trump last week.
“Your record is all the more historic because you accomplished it in the face of relentless, implacable resistance,” Barr wrote to Trump in the letter, according to CNBC.
“Few could have weathered these attacks, much less forge ahead with a positive program for the country.”
Barr’s final day at the Justice Department is Wednesday.