Bill Barr Says He Will Not Appoint A Special Counsel In Hunter Biden Investigation

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Christian Datoc Senior White House Correspondent
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Attorney General Bill Barr, in likely his final public comments before stepping down from his Justice Department post, said Monday that he will not name a special counsel in the investigation surrounding Hunter Biden’s tax affairs.

US Attorney General William Barr participates in a news conference to provide an update on the investigation of the terrorist bombing of Pan Am flight 103 on the 32nd anniversary of the attack, at the US Department of Justice in Washington, DC, on December 21, 2020. - The US Justice Department unveiled charges against the Libyan who allegedly built the bomb that exploded aboard Pan Am flight 103 over Scotland exactly 32 years ago. Attorney General Bill Barr said a former Libyan intelligence operative, "Abu Agela Mas'ud Kheir Al-Marimi," helped build the explosive device that blew up the aircraft -- killing 259 people, including 190 Americans, aboard the US-bound flight and 11 people on the ground (Photo by MICHAEL REYNOLDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

US Attorney General William Barr participates in a news conference Photo by MICHAEL REYNOLDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

“To the extent that there’s an investigation, I think that it’s being handled responsibly and professionally currently within the department,” Barr told reporters at a press conference. “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.”


Barr is set to retire Wednesday following weeks of criticism from President Donald Trump that he did not do enough to publicize the Biden investigation heading into the 2020 general election. (RELATED: Trump Says He Has ‘Nothing To Do With Potential Prosecution Of Hunter Biden’)

Trump said in a recent Fox News interview that Barr had an obligation to “set the record straight” on Biden but failed to do so, but the president changed his tune slightly after reports of his desire for Barr to name a special counsel surfaced.

“I have NOTHING to do with the potential prosecution of Hunter Biden, or the Biden family,” Trump subsequently tweeted. “It is just more Fake News. Actually, I find it very sad to watch!”

A story from the Associated Press suggested that some of Trump’s closest aides had convinced him that naming a special counsel could pose legal problems for him after leaving office in January.