Daily US Times: President Donald Trump is considering pushing to have a special counsel appointed to advance a federal tax investigation into Hunter Biden, the son of President-elect Joe Biden, setting up a potential showdown with incoming acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen.
The President has consulted on the matter with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, White House counsel Pat Cipollone and outside allies. Mr Trump is angry that out-going Attorney General William Barr didn not publicly announce the ongoing, two-year investigation into Hunter Biden.
Several Republican leaders close to the White House and Trump administration officials confirmed it to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss private matters.
Beyond appointing a special counsel to investigate Hunter, the sources said President Trump is interested in having another special counsel appointed to look into his own baseless claims of widespread election fraud. But if Mr Trump is expecting his newly named acting attorney general to go further than William Barr on either matter, he could end up quickly disappointed.
On Monday, Barr announced he will resign effective next week, revealing his plans about a week after Hunter Biden publicly disclosed that he was under investigation related to his finances. It is generally the policy of Justice Department not to disclose investigations that are in progress, though the subjects of those investigations can.
Jeffrey Rosen, currently the deputy attorney general and will step into the Justice Department’s top job in an acting role.
Mr Rosen has served as Barr’s top deputy since May 2019 but largely shies away from the spotlight.
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