Joe Biden may be trying to lead supporters to believe he’s unconcerned about an active federal investigation into his son Hunter — but if he wasn’t already worried, the former vice president ought to be shaking in his boots now.
A new report suggests President Donald Trump is mulling the idea of ordering his attorney general to appoint a special counsel to look into allegations of wrongdoing by Hunter Biden, as well as ongoing claims of election fraud.
Report: Trump wants a special counsel
Hunter Biden revealed the news that he was under investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office in Delaware in a statement last week. “I take this matter very seriously but 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,” he said.
Since then, media outlets have suggested that the probe goes much deeper than just taxes: “[A]s of early last year, investigators in Delaware and Washington were also probing potential money laundering and Hunter Biden’s foreign ties,” Politico reported Wednesday.
If Trump’s challenges to the 2020 election don’t pan out, and Joe Biden indeed becomes the president on Jan. 20, there’s little doubt that the Justice Department’s probe into the former VP’s son would be promptly squashed. It is perhaps because of this that President Trump is considering asking Attorney General Bill Barr to delegate the investigation to the special counsel, as the Examiner reported Saturday.
Such a designation would serve to protect the probe by making it more difficult — and more politically costly — for a Biden administration to put an end to it, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported that Trump was considering the move.
Losing faith in Barr?
But as the Examiner noted, it’s Barr who would make the final call. According to the Associated Press, the AG appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham as special counsel earlier this month, “granting him authority to complete” his probe into the origins of the infamous Trump–Russia collusion investigation “without being easily fired.”
Besides that, however, Barr hasn’t been on Trump’s good side in recent weeks. The Justice Department head has cast doubt on the president’s claims of widespread election fraud, and reports have indicated that Barr knew about the ongoing probe into Hunter Biden long before Election Day — even though voters didn’t hear of it until last week.
As the Examiner noted, Trump mentioned his AG in a fiery tweet over the weekend:
IF Biden gets in, nothing will happen to Hunter or Joe. Barr will do nothing, and the new group of partisan killers coming in will quickly kill it all. Same thing with Durham. We caught them cold, spying, treason & more (the hard part), but “Justice” took too long. Will be DOA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2020
It’s not just Trump
If it is true that Trump is vying for a special counsel to look into Hunter Biden, he wouldn’t be the only one. New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin recently made a similar assertion, writing:
The only way to protect the probe into the Biden family money-grubbing is through the appointment of a special counsel. The need for protection was the logic behind the Mueller appointment, and it applies now in spades.
“Not only must the probe be protected from Joe Biden’s White House but also from FBI Director Christopher Wray. Biden indicated he wants Wray to stay on, so the lackluster chief starts with an enormous conflict of interest, as will the eventual attorney general,” Goodwin continued. “In fact, the special counsel provision is to be used when there are conflicts of interest among investigators and prosecutors. This case fits the definition in every possible way.”