U.S. Attorney General William Barr said he has “no plans” to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hunter Biden, the son of President-elect Joe Biden, during a press conference on Monday.
Barr is set to relinquish his duties as Attorney General of the United States this week.
“To the extent that there’s an investigation, I think that it’s being handled responsibly and professionally currently within the department, and 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.
The question regarding the matter was posed to Barr after rumors had surfaced that President Trump was working behind the scenes to appoint a special prosecutor to look into Biden’s dealings with China, Russia, and Ukraine.
Trump has since shot down the claim in a tweet, saying “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!”.
Earlier in December, the President-elect’s son announced investigators were looking into his “tax affairs.” Commenting on the investigation in an interview with late-night host Stephen Colbert, Biden said, “Look, I have, we have great confidence in our son. I am not concerned about any accusations that have been made against him.”