President Donald Trump may be looking at a move that could set up further scrutiny of Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings.
The president is reportedly considering pressuring incoming acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen to appoint a special counsel who would launch a federal tax investigation into Joe Biden’s son, according to the Associated Press.
Trump has reportedly consulted with chief of staff Mark Meadows, White House counsel Pat Cipollone, and spoken with his lawyer Rudy Giuliani about his options, the AP reported Wednesday, citing “several Trump administration officials and Republicans close to the White House.”
The president is also considering a special prosecutor who would investigate claims of voter fraud in the presidential election last month. The report followed Trump’s announcement Monday that Attorney General William Barr would be stepping down before Christmas.
Rosen, who has served as Barr’s top deputy since May 2019, will be stepping into the role being vacated by the current attorney general who was criticized for saying the Justice Department had found no evidence of widespread voter fraud. Barr also raised the ire of the president because he had not disclosed that there had been an ongoing investigation of the younger Biden for the last two years.
Hunter Biden acknowledged last week that he is under federal investigation over his “tax affairs” and that the grand jury probe through the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware has been going on since 2018. U.S. Senate committees released a damning and lengthy report as well, exposing the Biden family’s ties to Ukraine and China.
Trump retweets call for Bill Barr to ‘be fired by the end of business today’ if he knew https://t.co/hmG3Xs0MLL pic.twitter.com/L0aTTVA52z
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“I’m proud of my son,” Biden said at a press event in Wilmington, Delaware last week.
It is still unclear if Rosen, stepping on to take over for Barr, will agree to follow through with Trump’s requests for special counsels to be appointed.
According to Associated Press:
Trump is still weighing his options, considering whether to pressure Rosen to make the special counsel appointment or, if needed, to replace the acting attorney general with someone more likely to carry out his wishes. He has even asked his team of lawyers, including personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, to look into whether the president has the power to appoint a special counsel himself.
U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton told Fox News that the probe of the younger Biden’s taxes is likely the “least damaging” part of the grand jury investigation into his foreign business dealings. The Arkansas Republican suggested that a special counsel should be appointed to continue the probe if the elder Biden assumes office in January.
“There are allegations of securities fraud, money laundering related to Hunter Biden’s Chinese businesses, a crooked hospital deal with Jim Biden, Joe Biden’s brother out in western Pennsylvania,” Cotton told Fox News host Sandra Smith. “These investigations span multiple jurisdictions.”
“If Joe Biden becomes president, then all those prosecutors are in line to be fired next month. If there were ever circumstances that create a conflict of interest and call for a special counsel, I think the circumstances are present here,” he contended.
Biden’s choice for an attorney general will be more complicated if a special counsel is appointed on Trump’s watch.
“Under federal regulations, a special counsel can be fired only by the attorney general and for specific reasons such as misconduct, dereliction of duty or conflict of interest — reasons that must be spelled out in writing,” the AP reported.
Twitter users urged the president to follow through on the report.
@POTUS @realDonaldTrump make this happen ASAP!
— Cryptosombrero (@cryptogotham) December 16, 2020
Good, time for the left to get a special prosecutor looking into all their misdeeds
— Lon K (@allonkessel) December 16, 2020
Appoint @TomFitton acting AG and @RudyGiuliani to special council immediately @realDonaldTrump
— Dr. 10%FOR-THE BIG GUY- (@EagleOneFoxOne) December 16, 2020
Time for asking is over go after the Biden’s with everything now!
— Dr Plesident-Erect🐙🦑 (@PBoocarkey) December 16, 2020
Let it burn…
— 🤍𝓕𝓪𝓲𝓽𝓱 🤍 (@WingsofFaith07) December 16, 2020
The right move 👍🏻
— Hetti Puntin 🇮🇹 😇🎄🎅 (@hpuntin) December 16, 2020
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