BARR SUCCESSOR MUM ON TRUMP DEMAND FOR SPECIAL COUNSELS
Incoming acting US Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen declined to say whether or not he would name special counsels to investigate President Donald Trump’s claims of election fraud or the tax issues of President-elect Joe Biden’s son Hunter.
Rosen, who is set to take over when William Barr steps down on Dec. 23, told David Shepardson and Sarah N. Lynch of Reuters in an interview at the Justice Department that he would continue “to do things on the merits and to do things on the basis of the law and the facts. That’s how I thought about it from the beginning and that’s how I’ll think about it through the end.”
Republican Trump, who leaves office on Jan. 20, has been considering calling for the appointment of a special counsel for Hunter Biden, according to a person familiar with the matter. Trump has also continued to claim, contrary to evidence and reality, that his election defeat to Democrat Biden was the result of widespread fraud, claims that have been rejected by state and federal officials and several courts.
During his expected few weeks on the top job, Rosen said “I think of it a little bit like a developer with a punch list. We’re going to try to finish the work we’re here to do.” Rosen added: “Let’s continue on the course we’ve had.” Rosen declined to say if he agreed with Barr’s assessment in a recent Associated Press (AP) interview that “we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”