According to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal, former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter is facing multiple federal investigations — and Attorney General Bill Barr has known about it for months.
Now, President Donald Trump is dropping the hammer on his AG for failing to step up and share details about the probe until after voters hit the polls on Nov. 3.
“Barr should have stepped up”
“Joe Biden lied on the debate stage,” the president told Fox News host Brian Kilmeade in an interview that aired Sunday on Fox & Friends, according to a transcript from RealClearPolitics.
“‘There’s nothing happening, nothing happening,'” Trump said, mocking the former vice president’s claims. “Bill Barr should have stepped up.”
Trump also drew an unfavorable contrast between Barr’s actions and those of former special counsel Robert Mueller, who was in charge of the infamous Trump–Russia collusion probe. The president noted that Mueller publicly disavowed the media’s claims that Trump had told his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen to mislead Congress.
“Say what you want about Robert Mueller, when BuzzFeed put out a phony article…Bob Mueller stepped out and he said that article was a phony and then there was ultimately proven there was no collusion,” Trump said, as RealClearPolitics reported. “Bill Barr should have done the same thing.”
An act of corruption?
The president wasn’t the only one to criticize Barr’s decision to remain quiet on investigations into Hunter Biden. During Thursday’s episode of The Ben Shapiro Show podcast, conservative commentator Ben Shapiro tore into the attorney general.
Shapiro called Barr’s failure to disclose the information “an act of corruption” that amounted to “election interference” by denying voters the ability to make an informed choice between the presidential candidates.
“Typically, legal investigations do not get held up contingent on the person’s proximity to an election,” Shapiro pointed out, characterizing the move as “insane.”
On Wednesday, Hunter Biden released a statement on his father’s White House transition website acknowledging the investigation but denying wrongdoing. “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 advisors,” his statement read.
The statement also included words of praise from Joe Biden, who was described as being “deeply proud of his son” for having “fought through difficult challenges, including the vicious personal attacks recent months, only to emerge stronger.” An interesting choice of words indeed.