Barr’s decision to not appoint a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden weakens the trust in the executive branch
What is wrong with Attorney General Barr? First, he failed to fulfill his fiduciary duty to inform President Trump of the ongoing (from 2018) FBI investigation of Biden Hunter’s alleged wrongdoings; now, he has refused to appoint a special counsel to investigate Biden Hunter’s questionable affairs with foreign entities.
Once Biden takes office, he will be empowered to control things; he certainly will not ask his Attorney General pick to appoint a special counsel, nor will he bolster or encourage further investigations. We are left then, with the notion that the FBI will complete their probe in a timely fashion.
The bureau’s history with Trump is disquieting; there is the issue of their alleged spying on the President during his 2020 campaign. The investigation is taking too long and likely to carry over until Biden is President. Why?
Barr is possibly trying to take the higher ground over Trump’s persistence in challenging the election, but that is not the issue. Biden maintained that he had no knowledge of his son’s foreign business activities and was not personally involved. Had the President known about the investigation, his agency would have been dramatically increased.
Barr knew this and intentionally held the information. Why? A common position taken by investigators is that the inquiry is ongoing and therefore, there is a need for secrecy; in the case of warrants and interviews with witnesses, investigators do not want any witness, or subjects of the warrants, to have advance knowledge; there is the danger that evidence might be destroyed and witnesses will have time to consort with others to form their testimony.
The concern that investigators have is reasonable. However, the same rationale is inapplicable to the special relationship between the President and his attorney general. All matters that are known to the attorney general that impact the country or the President should be disclosed.
There is a quasi-fiduciary relationship between the two. We think Barr abandoned those duties in the Hunter Biden matters. The trust between the President and his appointee is broken. Such matters weaken the Executive branch of our government.
Barr said the Justice Department’s existing investigation into Hunter Biden’s financial dealings was “being handled responsibly and professionally.” How do we know—should we take their word? Or should a neutral special counsel handle the Biden Hunter cases? We think the latter.