President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe House passes sweeping defense policy bill MORE will not discuss a federal investigation of his son Hunter with any potential attorneys general, according to the incoming White House press secretary.
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“He will not be discussing an investigation of his son with any attorney general candidates… he will not be discussing it with anyone he is considering for the role and he will not be discussing it with a future attorney general,” Psaki said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“It will be up to the purview of an attorney general in his administration to determine how to handle any investigation,” Psaki added. “As you know, U.S. attorneys, that’s a personnel decision, we’re far from there at this point in the process.”
She went on to name several open positions in the incoming administration, including the secretaries of Labor and Education.
“We have a few more to go but we’re going to allow the process to work how it should, which is for a Justice Department to be run independently by the attorney general at the top,” she said.
U.S. attorneys are typically replaced with a new administration. Before Attorney General Bill Barr’s resignation, President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE reportedly pressured him to appoint a special counsel, who can only be fired directly by the attorney general, to the Hunter Biden case. Ahead of Barr’s departure, Trump openly criticized the attorney general over reports that he was aware of investigations into Hunter Biden before the election and did not make them public.
The president-elect has repeatedly said he will respect the independence of the Justice Department.
“Our Justice Department is going to operate independently on those issues, how to respond to any of that. I am not going to be telling them what they have to do and don’t have to do,” he told CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperFrederica Wilson rails against Haitian deportation flights, calls treatment 'inhumane' Yarmuth and Clyburn suggest .5T package may be slimmed Fauci on FDA advisers' booster recommendations: 'I don't think they made a mistake' MORE earlier this month.