There is still a way for President Donald Trump to take down a Biden.
Trump is pushing to appoint a special counsel that would advance a federal tax investigation into Hunter Biden, the son of President-elect Joe Biden.
That would lead to an interesting position for incoming acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, whose predecessor, William Barr, drew Trump’s ire for not publicly announcing a two-year investigation into Hunter Biden and telling AP that the Justice Department did not uncover election fraud that would have affected the results.
Trump officials and Capitol Hill Republicans told The Associated Press that Trump consulted White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, White House counsel Pat Cipollone and other allies about his desire for a special counsel to move along the Hunter Biden investigation and explore his debunked election fraud claims more. He also asked his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to research whether he has the power to appoint the counsel on his own.
Barr, considered among Trump’s most loyal Cabinet members, resigned last week over tension regarding Hunter Biden; it will take effect on Dec. 23. Trump wanted the investigation to be known publicly before the election. Last week, Hunter Biden revealed that he was under investigation.
Rosen, who stays behind the scenes, said in a statement that he “will continue to focus on the implementation of the department’s key priorities.” Sources told AP that Trump would consider replacing Rosen if he did not carry out his wish for the special counsel.
A complicated tax inquiry just got more complicated.