Outgoing Attorney General William Barr said on Monday he will not be appointing a special counsel to investigate the presidential election or Hunter Biden. Barr made the statements during a press conference at the Justice Department to announce the filing of charges against Abu Agila Muhammad Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi in the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Mas’ud is reportedly being held by the Libyan government.
Earlier this month Barr said he had secretly appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham as special counsel in October to investigate the government’s handling of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation. Barr submitted his resignation following a meeting with President Trump last Monday, effective Wednesday, December 23.
Video clips of Barr answering questions on whether he will appoint special counsels (transcribed by TGP):
Bill Barr says he will not name a special counsel to investigate Trump’s (unfounded) claims of election fraud: “If I thought a special counsel at this stage was the right tool, I would name one, but I haven’t and I’m not going to.” pic.twitter.com/QUAEpKX5D8
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 21, 2020
Barr on the election, “…As you said I’ve already commented on fraud. Let me just say that, you know there are fraud in, in unfortunately in most elections. I think we’re too tolerant of it and I’m sure there was fraud in this election. But I was commenting on the extent to which we had looked at suggestions or allegations of systemic or broad based fraud that would effect the outcome of the election and I already spoke to that and I stand by that statement.”
Question: “But about the idea of appointing a special counsel,