On the heels of the news that U.S. intelligence officials may have acted to suppress incriminating evidence, former Attorney General William Barr says the Department of Justice needs to appoint a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden.
In an interview, Barr said that the concerning reports from whistleblowers within the FBI — as well as the sheer complexity of the ongoing probe — warrant the appointment of a special counsel to take charge of the investigation into the president’s son.
“[I]ntervening reports, especially recent reports about FBI whistleblowers and the possible reach of the investigation, warrant adding the protections of special counsel status to assure that key decisions are made independently without political ‘favor,’” Barr said.
Barr, the former attorney general for the Trump administration, was previously opposed to the idea of appointing a special counsel. During a Dec. 2020 press conference when he was still the head of the Justice Department, Barr told reporters he saw “no reason” for a special counsel and that he thought the Hunter Biden investigation was “being handled responsibly and professionally.”
In the year and a half since then, however, a number of concerning developments have come to light and changed the former attorney general’s mind.
According to Barr, one of the developments that changed his mind was the report, announced this week, that FBI officials may have downplayed the evidence against Hunter Biden to weaken the investigation effort against him.
As a letter from Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) explained, multiple whistleblowers within the FBI have accused the agency of “improperly discredit[ing] and falsely claim[ing] that derogatory information about Biden’s activities was disinformation, causing investigative activity and sourcing to be shut down.”
There has also been concern that the U.S. attorney’s offices currently handling the Hunter Biden probe lack the resources to carry out a proper investigation.
According to three Justice Department insiders, the Delaware U.S. Attorney’s Office — which has taken the lead in the Biden investigation — “lacks the wherewithal and resources to adequately probe the dubious financial dealings of the Biden family and their business partners.”
All this, Barr said, should be reason enough for Attorney General Merrick Garland to appoint a special counsel and ensure that the investigation can operate free of political interference.