Barr undercuts Trump on election and Hunter Biden inquiries

Barr undercuts Trump on election and Hunter Biden inquiries
Attorney General William Barr speaks during a news conference, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020 at the Justice Department in Washington. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: Undercutting President Trump on multiple fronts, the US Attorney General William Barr said Monday that he saw no reason to appoint a special counsel to look into the president’s claims about the 2020 election or to name one for the tax investigation of President-elect Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden.

William Barr, in his final public appearance as a member of Trump’s administration, also reinforced the belief of federal officials that Russia was behind a massive cyberattack of US government agencies, not China as the Mr Trump has suggested.

The Attorney General is leaving the Justice Department this week, having morphed from one of the president’s most loyal allies to one of the few members of the Cabinet willing to contradict the president openly. That has been particularly true since the November 3 election, with Mr Barr declaring in an interview with The AP that he had seen no evidence of widespread voting fraud in the election, even as the president continued to make false claims about the integrity of the contest.

Mr Trump has also grown particularly angry that the Attorney General did not announce the existence of a two-year-old investigation of Hunter Biden before the election. Barr said on Monday that investigation was “being handled responsibly and professionally.”

Barr said: “I have not seen a reason to appoint a special counsel and I have no plan to do so before I leave,” adding that there was also no need for a special counsel to investigate the election fraud.

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