US President Donald Trump is considering pressuring the Justice Department to appoint a special advisor in the federal tax investigation of Hunter Biden, the son of President-elect Joe Biden.
The Associated Press reported that Trump sought advice from White House Counselor Pat Cipolloni, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and others outside the administration, and the aforementioned discussions came after Trump announced the resignation of Attorney General William Barr earlier this week, and Trump criticized Attorney General William Barr for not Make the Hunter Biden case public before the election.
Trump is also considering pushing for an unrelated private adviser on his unsupported allegations of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.
According to the report, Trump is considering appointing Jeffrey Rosen, who is scheduled to take over as acting attorney general after leaving Barr next week, as a special advisor, according to several sources who spoke to the Associated Press. Trump is also considering replacing Rosen if he responds and consults with legal advisers. Like his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on whether Trump himself has the authority to appoint a special counsel.
According to US rules, the attorney general can only fire a private attorney and appoint one in the case that could compel Biden’s attorney general to register if they choose to fire them, and for his part Biden has repeatedly pledged that his Justice Department will be independent, compared to what he described as Barr’s personal loyalty to Trump.
Meanwhile, Rosen said at a 2019 hearing to confirm his current position as Deputy Attorney General that he would resist political pressure in this position, and told a Senate committee that the Justice Department investigations should be “free of inappropriate political influences … if the answer is … What is appropriate is saying no to someone, then I will say no. “