TRUMP WANTS A SPECIAL COUNSEL TO PROBE HUNTER BIDEN
President Donald Trump is seeking to have a special counsel appointed to advance a federal tax investigation into the son of President-elect Joe Biden, setting up a potential showdown with incoming acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen, Michael Balsamo and Jonathan Lemire reported for the Associated Press (AP).
Trump — angry that outgoing Attorney General William Barr didn’t publicly announce the ongoing, two-year investigation into Hunter Biden — has consulted on the matter with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, White House counsel Pat Cipollone and outside allies, according to according to several Trump administration officials and Republicans close to the White House who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity to discuss private matters.
Beyond appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the younger Biden, the sources said Trump is interested in having another special counsel appointed to look into his own baseless claims of election fraud. But if he’s expecting his newly named acting attorney general to go further than Barr on either matter, he could end up quickly disappointed.
At Rosen’s confirmation hearing in 2019, he suggested that he was willing to rebuff political pressure from the White House, if necessary. He told legislators that criminal investigations should “proceed on the facts and the law” and that prosecutions should be free of improper political influences. “If the appropriate answer is to say no to somebody, then I will say no,” he said at the time.