President Trump on Thursday tweeted that he has “NOTHING” to do with the potential prosecution of Hunter Biden, responding to reports that he’s interested in appointing a special counsel to take over the investigation.
“I have NOTHING to do with the potential prosecution of Hunter Biden, or the Biden family. It is just more Fake News. Actually, I find it very sad to watch!” Trump tweeted.
The son of President-elect Joe Biden confirmed this month he’s under federal investigation for possible tax fraud.
The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the probe of Hunter Biden “involves multiple U.S. attorney offices and FBI field offices.”
A special counsel cannot be fired without a finding of misconduct, insulating their office from political pressure. The attorney general has the power to appoint a special counsel.
Trump allies want a special counsel reviewing Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings so that a Biden-nominated attorney general and Biden-nominated US attorneys won’t squash the investigation.
Attorney General William Barr on Monday submitted his resignation, effective Dec. 23, meaning his successor(s) are likely to decide whether to name a special counsel.
Barr in October secretly made US attorney for Connecticut John Durham a special counsel so that he can complete his review of FBI misconduct preceding special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, which found no evidence Trump conspired with Russia in 2016, as alleged by Democrats.
Trump was impeached last year for pressuring Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden’s reported $83,000 per month job on the board of energy company Burisma while his vice president father led the Obama administration’s Ukraine policy. But the Senate acquitted Trump in February of charges he abused his power and obstructed Congress.