Attorney General Bill Barr on Monday overcame President Donald Trump’s election conspiracy theories when he said he would not appoint a special counsel to investigate election fraud or Hunter Biden because there is no need.
Trump has not yet accepted the election, and some allies have even suggested that the federal government get its hands on the voting machines. Over the weekend, Trump met with attorney Sidney Powell about a possible election fraud investigation.
Pressed by reporters on a special lawyer investigation, election fraud and talks about confiscating voting machines, Barr offered little support for such moves.
“I now see no basis for the federal government’s confiscation of machinery – the wholesale confiscation of machinery by the federal government,” he said, adding that he was left with no statement on the grounds that there was no widespread fraud affecting the election results. presidential.
The Attorney General added to a possible special investigation by the Special Advocate on Electoral Fraud: “If I thought that a special lawyer at this stage is the right tool and is appropriate, I would do – I would name one, but I don’t, I’m not going to . “
Trump wrote on Twitter last week that Barr will step down as attorney general just before Christmas; Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen will serve as acting attorney general for the final weeks of Trump’s term.
The president has spent months arguing that there are large-scale elections, arguing without reason that he lost the November general election because of it. Barr, who had the possibility of fraud earlier this year, broke with Trump earlier this month that there was no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election.
Trump also claimed without evidence that President-elect Joe Biden had corruptly stimulated his son’s business abroad when he was vice president and that Hunter Biden was being paid by foreign governments.
Barr said the authorities were properly handling an ongoing investigation into the young Biden’s taxes and rejected a question about a lawyer’s special investigation into Hunter Biden.
“As far as there is an investigation, I think it is being managed responsibly and professionally at the moment in the department and so far I have not seen a reason for appointing a special adviser and I have no plans to do so before I leave. said Barr.
Federal authorities investigating Hunter Biden’s taxes are examining his business dealings in China, NBC News reported.
The investigation, which Hunter Biden announced on Wednesday, was opened in 2018, a year before his father announced his candidacy for the presidency, the source said. The investigation was already underway when Barr was appointed attorney general.