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Trump mulling push for special prosecutor to investigate Hunter Biden: report

Trump mulling push for special prosecutor to investigate Hunter Biden: report

President TrumpDonald TrumpWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Poll: 30 percent of GOP voters believe Trump will 'likely' be reinstated this year Black Secret Service agent told Trump it was offensive to hold rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth: report MORE is reportedly considering pressuring the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel in the federal tax probe of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenObama: Ensuring democracy 'continues to work effectively' keeps me 'up at night' New Jersey landlords prohibited from asking potential tenants about criminal records Overnight Defense: Pentagon pulling some air defense assets from Middle East | Dems introduce resolution apologizing to LGBT community for discrimination | White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE’s son Hunter Biden.

Trump has sought advice from White House counsel Pat Cipollone, White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsThe Hill's Morning Report - Dems to go-it-alone on infrastructure as bipartisan plan falters Trump, allies pressured DOJ to back election claims, documents show Trump endorsement shakes up GOP Senate primary in NC MORE and others outside the administration, The Associated Press reported. The reported discussions come after Trump announced Attorney General William BarrBill BarrLieu calls Catholic bishops 'hypocrites' for move to deny Biden communion The Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? Senate Judiciary Democrats demand DOJ turn over Trump obstruction memo MORE’s resignation earlier this week. Trump vocally criticized Barr for not making the investigation into Hunter Biden public before the election.

The president is also reportedly considering pushing for an unrelated special counsel into his unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.

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Trump is mulling appointing Jeffrey Rosen, who is set to take the position of acting attorney general after Barr departs next week, as the special counsel, according to several sources who spoke to the AP. The president is also reportedly considering replacing Rosen if he pushes back and is consulting with legal advisers like his personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiCourt sets Smartmatic dismissal date on Giuliani, Bartiromo, others Ukraine sanctions two businessmen tied to Giuliani Mo Brooks accuses Swalwell attorney who served papers on his wife of trespassing MORE on whether Trump himself has the authority to appoint a special counsel.

Only the attorney general can fire a special counsel and appointing one in the case could force Biden’s attorney general to go on record if they choose to dismiss them. Biden has repeatedly pledged that his Justice Department will be independent, contrasting that with what he has called Barr’s personal loyalty to Trump.

“It's hands off completely. Look, the attorney general is not the president's lawyer. It's the people's lawyer,” Biden said in a May interview with MSNBC.

Rosen, meanwhile, said in a 2019 confirmation hearing for his current post as deputy attorney general that he would resist political pressure in the role.

“If the appropriate answer is to say no to somebody, then I will say no,” he said, telling a Senate panel that Justice Department investigations should be “free of improper political influences.”

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.