“We’ve got to get the attorney general to act,” Trump said Tuesday when asked during a “Fox & Friends” interview if he plans to tap a special counsel to investigate the allegations. “He’s got to act, and he’s got to act fast. He’s got to appoint somebody.”
“This is major corruption, and this has to be known about before the election,” the president continued. “This has to be done early, so the attorney general has to act.”
The New York Post was the first news outlet to report on Biden’s hard drive, but questions remain about both the veracity of its contents and how exactly, if at all, the communications implicate former Vice President Joe Biden in the alleged corruption scandal.
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House Republicans on Monday urged Attorney General William P. Barr to appoint a special counsel to probe allegations stemming from a laptop reportedly belonging to Joe Biden’s son, Hunter. The lawmakers want Mr. Barr to probe claims that the elder Biden played a role in his son’s alleged lucrative business dealings in Ukraine and China.
They say the American people deserve to know whether the former vice president “received foreign monies during his tenure in the Obama administration” and if he “allowed his son to peddle access” to him with foreign business entities.
“If these reports about former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, are true, the former vice president fell far short of his responsibility to uphold his constitutional oath and betrayed the sacred trust of the American people,” the lawmakers wrote.
“We request that the Department of Justice immediately appoint an independent, unbiased special counsel to investigate the issues that we have raised — as well as any corresponding legal or ethical issues that might be uncovered from the former vice president’s 47 years in public office,” the lawmakers wrote.
The letter, obtained by The Washington Times, is signed by 11 Republicans, including Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Ted Yoho of Florida, Jody Hice of Georgia and Debbie Lesko of Arizona.
The letter comes after the New York Post last week published emails alleging Hunter Biden introduced his father to a top executive at Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings in 2015, roughly a year before the former vice president allegedly pressured the country’s government to fire a prosecutor investigating the company.