U.S. Attorney General William Barr seems to be intent on not rocking the boat as he sails into his final few days on the job. Barr announced last week that Dec. 23 would mark his last day as attorney general.
Republicans have been calling on Barr to appoint special counsels to look into Hunter Biden and 2020 election fraud. Barr said today that he doesn’t plan on doing either before he wraps up his time at the Department of Justice.
Barr indicated that the current investigation into Hunter Biden appears to be well handled and he doesn’t feel there would be a need to intervene.
“I think to the extent that there’s an investigation, I think that it’s being handled responsibly and professionally. 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.
As for voter fraud, Barr said that he was “sure” there was voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election but wouldn’t go as far as calling for a special counsel.
“I’m sure there was fraud in this election, but I was commenting on the extent to which we had looked at suggestions or allegations of systemic or broad-based fraud that could affect the outcome of the election, and I already spoke to that, and I stand by that statement,” Barr said.
The attorney general also seemed to indicate that he wasn’t supportive of an effort to seize all of the voting machines used in the election but also clarified that his remarks were in regard to the “wholesale seizure of machines” by the government.
Barr was speaking at a press conference to mark the 32nd anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, a Libyan terrorist attack which killed 259 people above Lockerbie, Scotland, plus 11 people on the ground, in 1988.