Attorney General William Barr said on Monday he had rejected the idea of appointing a special counsel either to investigate Hunter Biden, or to look into President Trump’s allegations of voter fraud, and added he did not believe that the federal government should seize any voting machines.
AG Barr, who appeared at a DOJ presser to announce charges against a Libyan intelligence officer and bomb maker, weighed in on some of the swirling controversies which remain as he ends his tenure just before Christmas this week.
“I think that to the extent that there is an investigation, I think that it is being handled responsibly and professionally currently within the department, and 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 said when asked about whether a special counsel should be named to look into Hunter, who is being investigated for his taxes and finances, likely, for his foreign business dealings in China and elsewhere.
Barr also said: “I see no basis now for seizure of machines by the federal government — you know, a whole sale seizure of machines by the federal government” after Trump allies such as Sidney Powell and retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn reportedly pitched the idea during an Oval Office meeting.
Barr repeated his assertion that, although there was likely some fraud in the election, he had not seen evidence of enough to change its outcome.
“Let me just say that there is fraud, unfortunately, in most elections, and we are too tolerant of it, but I was commenting on the extent to which we have looked at suggestions or allegations of systemic or broad-based fraud that would affect the outcome of the election, and I’ve already spoken to that, and I stand by that statement.”
“If I thought a special counsel at this stage was the right tool and was appropriate, I would name one, but I haven’t, and I’m not going to.”